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ERIC Number: EJ915872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
Developmental Stages of a Professional Development School: Lessons from a Long-Term Partnership
Walmsley, Angela; Bufkin, Linda; Rule, Ann
School-University Partnerships, v3 n2 p69-79 Fall 2009
This article describes the evolving stages of the establishment and development of a professional development school partnership. Whereas many such articles center on outcomes only, this one describes the developmental stages necessary to support a strong professional development partnership that allows for distributed learning for all parties involved. These stages include exploration, formalization, action, institutionalization, critical growth, and sustainability, which vary somewhat from those of traditional professional development schools in the detail concerning the later stages. As such, these stages can aid program designers in developing their professional development collaborative partnerships. Positive learning outcomes occur for all parties involved when these steps are utilized. In this article, we provide examples of the stages, their potential challenges, sample evaluation plans, and a flowchart for development.
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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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