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,
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.