Professional Development Schools

PURPOSES OF THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL

Holmes Group. (1986). Tomorrow’s teachers.

1. Preservice teacher preparation: Cooperative supervision of prospective teachers

2. Support of student achievement: Mutual deliberation on student learning

3. Inquiry: Collaborative research on problems of practice in education

4. Staff development: Professional development of all adults involved

(see website What is a Professional Development School?)

PRINCIPLES TO GUIDE DEVELOPMENT OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOLS

Holmes Group. (1990). Tomorrow’s schools: Principles of the design of professional development schools.

1. Teaching and learning for understanding

Going beyond skills objectives to engage youth in activities which challenge them to think, to connect, and to use knowledge. Knowledge as a process, not a thing to put in students’ heads. Students take active, not passive roles.

2. Communities of learning

Curriculum becomes way of living and acting, all involved in discussing and learning together. Collaborative classroom, collaborative schools, collaborative educational communities.

3. Learning for all

Respond positively to student diversity, as well as gain a better understanding of different world views, as we become students of our students and learn about their world.

4. Continued professional growth

Teacher, teacher educators, and administrators are expected to go on learning, too! Intertwining theory and practice.

5. Reflection and research on practice

PDS as place where people can work at outer edges of their existing knowledge, and work together on a variety of new and interesting problems.

6. Inventing a new institution

Create a new organizational structure, with flexible staffing, collaboration with colleges and social services, new forms of professional responsibility (not old accountability), new record systems.

BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL (PDS Standards)

1. Agreement among school, district, & college to mission of PDS

2. Commitment to being a learning-centered community: support for adult and children’s learning

3. Positive working relationship and a basis for trust between partners

4. Aiming toward quality standards for all

5. Commitment of resources to PDS from school and college

MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY PDS PARTNERS

Parkway School District: Parkway South High School

St. Louis Public Schools: Roosevelt High School & Wilkinson Early Childhood Center

Webster Groves School District : Clark Elementary School

LEARN MORE ABOUT PDS

NCATE PDS Website (includes PDS standards and resources)

AACTE Professional Development Schools Site

National Association for Professional Development Schools