The University of South Carolina and the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) invite you to participate in the 2014 PDS National Conference in Las Vegas Nevada. This annual gathering of educators has served for fifteen years as a source of invaluable networking for P-12 and college/university faculty and administrators interested in sharing their efforts in building and sustaining PDS relationships that positively impact teaching and learning across the school-university continuum. The conference has grown throughout the years and now typically attracts 1000 educators from across the United States and the world. The four-day schedule includes multiple opportunities for formal and informal conversations, presentations from nationally recognized keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, and facilitated discussions on targeted topics. Specific details about these events will be shared in the coming months as the Planning Team puts together the final program for the 2014 event.
At the heart of the conference, however, are the presentations made by individuals and teams from PDS partnerships across the globe, and so we invite you and your colleagues to submit concurrent session proposals focused on this year’s theme “The Common Core of Professional Development Schools: Employing the Nine Essentials to Enhance Educational Growth.” The “nine essentials” of PDS collaborations were released by the NAPDS in April 2008 in an attempt to address the question, “What does it mean to be a PDS?” They have served for five years as a vital guide for both beginning and well-established PDS partnerships as they have fine-tuned their collaborative efforts. While the “essentials” offer PDS practitioners a roadmap for school-university collaboration, they nevertheless encourage individual partnerships to approach the specifics of their relationships in a variety of ways. Considering the range of approaches institutions have adopted, the 2014 Conference Planning Team believes it would be instructive for partnerships to share with conference participants the impact of the “nine essentials” on their work. Because of the collaborative nature of PDS work, preference will be given to proposals submitted by teams that include representatives from both the P-12 and the college/university communities.
A Request for Assistance
As he announced at the 2010 PDS National Conference in Orlando, Dr. Bruce Field (University of South Carolina) is compiling a list of all PDS partnerships in the United States. Such a list would not only help us all answer the often-repeated question of “How many PDSs are there?” but would also serve as an invaluable resource for PDS practitioners as we seek to learn from each other. He has broken that task down to a state-by-state search and is looking for individuals in each state to take the lead in compiling the list for their particular state. If you would like to be a part of this endeavor, please contact Bruce for specifics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Professional Development Schools National Conference is sponored by: