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ERIC Number: EJ915862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
Strategies for Overcoming Challenges when Establishing and Sustaining Special Education Professional Development School Partnerships
Sargent, Amy; Gartland, Debi; Borinsky, Mark; Durkan, Kim
School-University Partnerships, v3 n1 p69-74 Spr 2009
In this article, we share how a professional development school (PDS) partnership between several elementary school sites within a district and an institution of higher education prepares special education teacher candidates. The following challenges are identified for PDS stakeholders: recruiting qualified special education mentor teachers, designing a variety of rigorous field experiences for interns across disabilities and settings, maintaining a sense of community among PDS school sites, and attracting nontenured university faculty to become involved in PDS work. In addition to identifying and discussing these challenges, we present several practical strategies that we have found to be successful for overcoming them.
National Association for Professional Development Schools. College of Education University of South Carolina, Wardlaw 252, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-1515; Fax: 803-777-3035; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland