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  • This presentation explains that Professional Development Schools or PDSs are a type of educational reform in which renewal efforts focus on teacher preparation programs and professional development.  Through these vehicles educational reform is implemented by empowering teachers, administrators, and university faculty in decision making through collaboration. It is our hope that through this toolkit presentation that we will educate you about the Benedum Collaborative’s model of educational reform, the power of being a PDS, and the value of having regular educators involved in teacher preparation and the design of their own professional development. Since this is all brought about through a collaborative effort the title for this presentation is “Meeting in the Middle”.

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  • 1. Meeting in the Middle Emerging Roles and Structures
  • 2. The Benedum Collaborative:
    • Collaboration is all processes wherein people work together —applying both to the work of individuals as well as larger collectives and societies .
    • The Benedum Collaborative is a collection of PDS teachers , PDS administrators , and WVU faculty who work together to improve the education process through teacher preparation and professional development.
  • 3. 5 Belief Statements:
    • All in a PDS are learners .
    • All in a PDS have the opportunity for success.
    • The organization of a PDS encourages all to be empowered.
    • A PDS fosters an environment of mutual respect.
    • A PDS promotes curriculum and instruction that evolves from continual review and that reflects the school's vision.
  • 4. Focus of the work: the simultaneous renewal of schools and teacher education
    • Goal One: To redesign the Teacher Education Program at West Virginia University
  • 5. The 5 year teacher education program:
    • Is a dual-degree program in which students simultaneously pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Science and a Master of Arts in Education    
  • 6.
    • has a clear set of research-based program goals and carefully sequenced learning experiences 
    • includes rigorous selection and performance requirements that are relevant to effective teaching practice 
    The 5 year teacher education program:
  • 7. Three Strands
    • Technology Strand
    • Diversity Strand
    • Special Needs Strand
    • This helps pre-service teachers develop skills & attitudes necessary to successfully address these areas in the classroom.
  • 8.
    • provides students with more than 1000 hours of experience in public school classrooms   
    The 5 year teacher education program:
  • 9. Program Component Timeline Time Frame Volunteer Experience 60 hours in educational setting Years 1 & 2 Tutor Experience 2 hrs/week in PDS Year 3 Participant Experience 5 hrs/week fall; 14 hrs/week spring in PDS Year 4 Internship Entire fall semester engaged in teaching responsibilities in PDS Year 5 Professional Development Semester Spring semester-135 hours professional service to PDS Year 5
  • 10. Focus of the work: the simultaneous renewal of schools and teacher education
    • Goal Two: To establish professional development schools (PDS)
  • 11. What does it mean to be a PDS?
    • PDS schools are :
      • sites of "best practices“
      • centers of inquiry
      • empowered communities
  • 12. The Benedum Collaborative
    • Established in 1990
    • Partnership among 31 PDSs in 5 counties in north central West Virginia and West Virginia University
    • Supported by the Benedum Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA and the state of West Virginia
  • 13. Focus of the work: the simultaneous renewal of schools and teacher education
    • Goal Three: To establish collaborative strategies and relationships to make these changes last (the Governance Structure)
  • 14. Governance Structure PDS Principals Network
  • 15. Principals Network
    • Purpose:
      • Exploring issues related to leadership in a school
      • Exploring issues related to leadership in a university partnership
      • Supporting and collaborating in the work of the site-chair and teacher education coordinator in their school
  • 16. Governance Structure PDS Principals Network PDS Site Steering Committee Chairs
  • 17. Site Steering Committee Chairs
    • Organizing and managing the steering committee in collaboration with WVU faculty at their PDS school which:
        • Organizes, manages, and disseminates professional development and professional development opportunities
        • Provides leadership for site-based renewal efforts
        • Provides a voice for the PDS within the Collaborative and guidance for the mission of the Collaborative at the PDS
    Debbie Johnson, Site-Steering Committee Chair, East Dale Elementary
  • 18. Governance Structure PDS Principals Network PDS Teacher Education Site Coordinators PDS Site Steering Committee Chairs
  • 19. Teacher Education Coordinators
      • Coordinates pre-service teaching placements within the school.
      • Providing leadership to teacher education in PDSs in collaboration with WVU faculty
      • Serves as a mentor for host teachers and pre-service teachers
      • Maintains a budget for the program
      • Collaborates with WVU to improve the pre-service program
    Kaye McCrory, Benedum Fellow and retired TEC from Suncrest Primary
  • 20. Governance Structure PDS Principals Network WVU Teacher Education Faculty and Liaisons PDS Teacher Education Site Coordinators PDS Site Steering Committee Chairs
  • 21. WVU Teacher Education Faculty and Liaisons
    • Purpose:
      • Collaborating with PDS faculty around teacher education
      • Collaborate with PDS faculty around school renewal and professional development
      • Collaborate with research
      • Provide a cross-departmental structure for providing oversight to the five-year teacher education program
  • 22. Governance Structure PDS Principals Network WVU Teacher Education Faculty and Liaisons PDS Teacher Education Site Coordinators PDS Site Steering Committee Chairs Cross-site Steering Committee and Executive Committee
  • 23. Cross-site Steering and Cross-site Executive Committee
    • Cross-site Steering Committee (CSSC)
    • Purpose: Overseeing/making key decisions related to all the work of the Benedum Collaborative
    • Cross-site Steering Committee’s Executive Committee
    • Purpose: Comprised of chairs of all governance groups, this committee creates the agenda for CSSC meetings and advises the Director.
    Sarah Steel, Interim Director of the Benedum Collaborative
  • 24. What are the advantages to working in a PDS?
    • The greatest advantage to the PDS model is that it empowers teachers to make decisions regarding the education of their classroom students, pre-service students, and themselves as continual learners.
    • You are the best one to know what you need be successful.
  • 25. Other Advantages to being a PDS include:
    • Access to pre-service teachers who are testing current research based practices in education
    • Research opportunities
    • Professional Development opportunities
    • Empowerment of faculty – teachers have a voice and the opportunity to collaborate with each other and with Higher Education
  • 26. The End For questions about this presentation please contact [email_address]