ERIC Number: ED468422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
A PDS Governance Model: Building Collaboration and Accountability.
MacIsaac, Douglas; Tichenor, Mercedes; Heins, Elizabeth
This paper describes the evolution of a Professional Development School (PDS) governance model that began with a one-school partnership and moved to a multiple site partnership network. The governance model is based on a union formed between a private university and a local school district. It emphasizes shared decision making and collaborative planning, and it encourages school faculty to assume leadership roles. Its four goals are to increase student achievement, implement research-based best practices in teaching, provide ongoing support for preservice and inservice activities to enhance professionalism, and develop strong professional development partnerships. The partnership began with a Title I elementary school and used on-site governance. A steering council ensured that the partnership accomplished goals established by participants. The council included teacher educators, school teachers and administrators, district personnel, and a university/school liaison. The partnership expanded after 3 years to include three more schools, and the governance structure was modified to use a multi-site governance model. Seven recommendations for institutions developing similar frameworks include: build an environment of trust among steering council members by starting with nonthreatening activities; include representatives from all stakeholder groups; and schedule regular meetings with written agendas. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Professional Development Schools National Conference (Orlando, FL, March 7-10, 2002).