• What is a Professional Development School? 

    Professional development schools (PDSs) are innovative institutions formed through partnerships between professional education programs and P–12 schools. PDS partnerships have a four-fold mission:
    • the preparation of new teachers,

    • faculty development,

    • inquiry directed at the improvement of practice, and

    • enhanced student achievement.

    PDSs improve both the quality of teaching and student learning. 

    For more information, visit the National Association for Professional Development Schools at http://www.napds.org/.  
    The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) first studied existing Professional Development School models and developed nine Essential Standards by which Professional Development School partnerships are guided.