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Professional Development Schools

​​What are Professional Development Schools?

Professional Development Schools (PDS) are innovative institutions dedicated to promoting partnerships between colleges of schools of education and K-12 schools. Their mission is professional preparation of teacher candidates, faculty development, inquiry directed at the improvement of practice, and enhanced student learning.
PDS schools are more than sites for field placement for teacher candidates. A PDS is an environment in which the university studies, faculty liaisons, the classroom teachers, and the children in the schools can engage in long-term, on-going research-based initiatives that benefit all members in the learning community.

PDS Partnerships

Bethune Cookman University
Westside Elementary
Daytona State College
Holly Hill K-8
Stetson University
Blue Lake Elementary
Citrus Grove Elementary
Edith I. Starke Elementary
Woodward Elementary
University of Central Florida
Friendship Elementary
Timbercrest Elementary

National Association for Professional Development Schools


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