A Practical Guide to Exemplary Professional Development Schools

Edited by:
Michael Cosenza, California Lutheran University
JoAnne Ferrara, Manhattanville College
Diane W. Gómez, Manhattanville College

A volume in the series: Research in Professional Development Schools and School-University Partnerships. Editor(s): JoAnne Ferrara, Manhattanville College. Ronald Beebe, University of Houston -Downtown. Drew Polly, UNC Charlotte. Jennifer K. McCorvey, University of South Florida.

Published 2024

Professional Development Schools are complex and comprehensive school university partnerships focusing on professional development of new teachers and veteran teachers while providing high quality education to P-12 students. The chapters of this book contain the stories of 8 highly successful and nationally recognized professional development schools. Each story provides the reader with practical ideas, procedures and policies that can be implemented by the reader to begin new partnerships or help improve and sustain existing partnerships.

Each chapter discusses the rich clinical preparation combined with progressive experiences in PDSs that have made the partnership successful. The diverse authors from several different states describe their efforts to forge PDS partnerships to develop and deliver high quality teacher preparations, practical experiences for teacher candidates, and simultaneously provide professional development for experienced practitioners.

The book will be a valuable resource to school and university faculty and administrators as they transition to a partnering model of clinical preparation for teacher candidates: it will help stakeholders decide if their schools and institutions are ready to commit to a partnership, and highlight the benefits they stand to gain. The book also realistically addresses challenges in a way the reader can prepare for to reduce obstacles in establishing and sustaining PDSs.

Foreword, JoAnne Ferrara, Ronald Beebe, Drew Polly, and Jennifer McCorvey. Acknowledgments. Introduction, Michael Cosenza. Thirty Years of Partnership: Sustaining Our PDS Work, Douglas W. Rogers, Rachelle Meyer Rogers, Krystal Goree, Madelon McCall, Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, and Suzanne Nesmith. Bowie State University PDS Network: A Trailblazing Historically Black University, Eva Gavin. The Buffalo State Professional Development School Consortium: A Shared Goal While Responding to Varying Needs, Pixita Del Prado Hill and Keli Garas-York. California Lutheran University PDS Network: Sustaining Successful Partnerships, Michael Cosenza. Mason’s Elementary PDS Program: Leveraging a History of Collaboration to Grow and Sustain School/University Partnerships, Audra Parker. Rooted in a Commitment to Change: How a PDS Network Renews and Rebuilds Its Implementation of Best Practices, Stacey Leftwich, Cathy A.R. Brant, Michelle L. Damiani, and Robert S. Eisberg. Engaging and Impactful Practices in an Award-Winning PDS Network, Sara Elburn, Diallo Sessoms, and Ron Siers Jr. School-University Partnerships: Lessons Learned From the UNC Charlotte-Kannapolis City Schools Initiative, S. Michael Putman and Drew Polly. Common Characteristics and Challenges of Successful School-University Partnerships, Michael Cosenza. Resources. Resource I: Memoranda of Understanding. Resource II: Roles and Responsibilities. Resource III: Recommended Readings for Professional Development. Resource IV: Organizational Charts. Resource V: Problem Solving Protocol. Resource VI: Job Descriptions. Resource VII: Application Solicitation. Resource VIII: Grant Narrative. About the Editors/Authors.