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ERIC Number: EJ969835
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
Indiana State University Professional Development School Partnership: Systemic, Symbiotic, and Solution-Oriented
Libler, Rebecca
School-University Partnerships, v4 n2 p20-30 Fall 2010
The Indiana State University Professional Development Schools (ISU PDS) Partnership sprang from the convergence of two strong needs: (1) the need for real life practice in the way of extended clinical experiences for teacher education students in schools of practice; and (2) the need on the part of the schools in the community to have access to research on best practice, rejuvenation through contact with content area experts, and assistance with improving the learning environment for all students. This Partnership is guided by the overarching purpose of "linking renewal in schools to renewal in educator preparation." To meet this purpose, the Partnership has four main goals: (1) increase learning for all students through creating enhanced learning environments where effective curricular, instructional, and organizational practices are used to ensure that all students reach their full potential as students and as persons; (2) provide optimal learning environments for preservice educators to learn the craft of teaching and learning to high and rigorous standards of performance in schools committed to restructuring and continuous professional development for faculty; (3) provide meaningful professional development for university and school faculty based on their needs and collaboratively developed by them; and (4) support scholarly inquiry and the advancement of knowledge in teaching and learning, especially through collaboratively designed programs of scholarship. The vision of the ISU PDS Partnership rests on three interlocking assumptions and beliefs. First, the partnership believes that reform and renewal activities must be systemic. Second, the partnership believes that a symbiotic relationship, built on trust and parity between its members and existing institutions, is necessary to achieve systemic change. Third, the partnership needs a critical study process to inform and guide its work. (Contains 2 figures.)
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 Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana