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”.
Meeting in the Middle Emerging Roles and Structures
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.
provides students with more than 1000 hours of experience in public school classrooms
The 5 year teacher education program:
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
Focus of the work: the simultaneous renewal of schools and teacher education
Goal Two: To establish professional development schools (PDS)