Schools are partnerships between professional education programs and P-12
The mission of a PDS
is professional preparation of teacher candidates, faculty development, inquiry
directed at the improvement of practice, and enhanced student learning.
- Consist of learning
environments that support professional development while meeting the needs
of all children.
- Hold a common vision
of teaching and learning, grounded in research and practitioner knowledge.
- Share responsibility
for professionals and students, blending expertise and resources to meet their
- Establish accountability
for high standards for P-12 students, teacher candidates, faculty and other
- Ensure equitable learning
opportunities and preparation of teacher candidates and faculty to meet the
needs of diverse student populations.
(adapted from NCATE Standards
for Professional Development Schools)
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of Education, University of Maryland
Last Modified April 28, 2006