Constitution

THE BY-LAWS OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOLS

ARTICLE I. NAME

The name of the Association shall be the National Association for Professional Development Schools (here and after referred to as the Association). The Association is an eleemosynary corporation registered in the State of South Carolina.

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE

The vision of the Association is to serve as an advocate for the educational community that is dedicated to promoting the continuous development of relationships, and to create and sustain genuine collaborative partnerships between P-12/and college/university through:

  • Equitable representation of, and access for, all educators invested in improving education;
  • Dissemination and exchange of best practice found in P-12/college/university partnerships;
  • Diversity of its members, partnerships, and the global society in which we live
  • Complex relationships between P-12 and college/university partners, and the wider diversity inherent in those communities;
  • Continuing advocacy centered around the P-12/ college/university professional development relationship;
  • Supporting teacher leadership in the P-12/college/university community through an agile and responsive organization; and
  • Developing PDSs that include the broader community.

The mission of the Association is to function as a collaborative unit to support and advocate for continuing partnerships across the P-12/college/university community as a center for inquiry that leads to the discovery and sharing of knowledge that shapes educator practice and leadership.

The mission of the Association shall be achieved through:

  • A leadership structure committed to advocating for association members. The president-elect, president, and immediate past-president posts must represent members of both the P-12 and college/university communities at all times.
  • A website and other media for sharing knowledge with, and by, the membership;
  • A periodic magazine designed as an outlet for the dissemination of best practice/applied research, pertinent news, and announcements;
  • A refereed journal to disseminate the best research, curricular models, and successful policies in the Professional Development School community; and
  • An annual conference committed to sharing the most effective partnership work across P- 12/and college/university collaboration as well as other events or conferences sponsored or endorsed by the NAPDS.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP AND AFFILIATIONS

  1. Eligibility.

Eligibility for membership shall be based on present or past active interest and/or participation in Professional Development Schools.

  1. Membership.

Membership shall include any eligible persons who are current in payment of their dues. Individual members have rights and privileges of membership, including the right to attend business meetings of the Association, to participate in its affairs, to receive the publications of the Association, and to vote for election of officers. Only members from the P-12/college/university communities may serve as officers of the Association.

Types and levels of membership, including affiliations, may be developed and approved by the Executive Leadership Committee as needed.

  1. Dues.

Membership dues shall be determined by the Executive Leadership Committee and are to be paid annually.

  1. Duties and liability.

In discharging duties related to the Association, no member of the Association shall be personally liable for any actions taken or commitments made in good faith by themselves or any other member or by the membership at large.

ARTICLE IV. THE ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP

  1. Composition.
  2. Individuals who serve as the Association Leadership must be members in good standing with the Association.
  3. The Association’s leadership shall consist of the Executive Leadership Committee as well as appointed committee chairs, coordinators and publication editors. The Executive Leadership Committee shall be composed of the elected officers of the Association, including the Immediate Past President, President, President-Elect, Secretary, and the Board of Directors, as well as the Treasurer, who is appointed by the Executive Leadership Committee. Only duly elected or appointed members of the Executive Leadership Committee shall have voting privileges on all matters of business of the Association.
  1. The Executive Leadership Committee shall appoint Chair persons for each of the following committees:
  • The chair of the Conferences and Programs Committee,
  • The chair of the Membership and Elections Committee,
  • The chair of the Communications Committee,
  • The chair of the Awards Committee,
  • The chair of the Policy and External Relations Committee

The Executive Leadership Committee shall also appoint editors for the Association’s publications, including but not limited to

  • School-University Partnerships
  • PDS Partners

In making these appointments, the Executive Leadership Committee shall address issues of diversity, regional representation, and equitable representation of P12/college/university educators.

At the discretion of the President, ad hoc committees may be formed. Chairs of ad hoc committees report to a member of the Association Leadership as designated by the President.

  1. Terms of Office.

The members of the Association shall elect the President-Elect, Secretary, and Board of Directors. New leadership members are announced each November and are installed at the end of the annual Association Business meeting.

The President-Elect position requires a three-year commitment, as that office transitions into the President and Immediate Past President positions in the second and third years.

Each Board of Director’s term shall be three years in length. Terms will be staggered with balanced representation from P-12/ and college/university. The current President of Association shall serve as a fourth and ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.

The office of Secretary is held for three years.

The Executive Leadership Committee shall appoint the Treasurer. The appointment may be renewed in three-year terms as voted on by the Executive Leadership Committee.

Committee Chairs shall be appointed for two-year terms.

Editors of School-University Partnerships – The Journal of the National Association for Professional Development Schools and PDS Partners – The Official Magazine of the National Association for Professional Development Schools shall serve three-year terms.

  1. Responsibilities.

The Executive Leadership Committee shall manage the affairs of the Association.

Each member of the Executive Leadership Committee shall have one vote, with all non-budgetary motions decided by a majority vote. The Executive Leadership Committee shall be responsible for setting policy and acting on all matters of concern to the Association.

Actions of the Association Leadership shall represent the interests of the general membership of the Association. The Association Leadership shall communicate the official position of the Association.

Association Leadership Members:

  1. The Immediate Past-President shall serve as the Association’s parliamentarian and advisor to the President, and shall review and make recommendations for revisions to the by-laws and orient new members of the Association Leadership.
  2. The President shall serve for one (1) one-year term, shall preside at Association Leadership and business meetings, and shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Association. The President, or a designee, shall express policy of the Association in the organization’s official publications.
  3. The President-Elect shall automatically succeed the President after the completion of a one-year term. In the absence of the President, the President-Elect shall assume the duties of the President.
  4. The Secretary shall issue notices of Association Leadership and business meetings of the Association and keep and publish minutes thereafter.
  5. The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds of the Association and shall keep regular books of the account. The Treasurer shall act as the Association’s contact for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and be responsible for matters pertaining to the Association’s tax status and compliance with U.S. Internal Revenue Service regulations. The Treasurer shall countersign all investments as required and shall be authorized to collect and disburse all funds of the Association given the authorization of the President and the activity is consistent with the Association’s approved budget. The Treasurer shall be authorized to make payments of $2500 or less that are consistent with the Association’s approved budget. Payments in excess of $2500 that are consistent with the Association’s approved budget shall require the additional written authorization of the Association President. Any payments not previously approved in the annual budget must undergo approval by the Executive Leadership Committee by a two-thirds majority vote. The Treasurer will be responsible for presenting an annual financial report at the annual general business meeting. In addition, the Treasurer will provide semi-annual budget activity to the members of the Executive Leadership Committee at the general business meeting of the Association. The Treasurer shall be responsible for receiving Association funds and for keeping all appropriate records of the Association. An outgoing Treasurer shall have 30 days to transfer funds and accounts to the incoming Treasurer. During that 30-day period, an internal audit shall be required. Additional audits, either internal or external, may be requested at any time by the. Executive Leadership Committee

The President-Elect, President, Immediate Past-President, and Treasurer will assume responsibility for developing a proposed budget. The proposed budget shall be approved by the Executive Leadership Committee with a two-thirds majority vote.

  1. Committee Chairs:

Each Chair shall recruit other committee members to assist him or her with the work of that committee. Each committee must include members who represent both P-12 and college/university PDS experience. All recommendations from committees shall be subject to approval by the Association Leadership.

  1. The Conferences and Programs Committee shall be responsible for developing regular initiatives and events. In addition, the Committee chair will be the liaison for all conference activities with the assistance of the Association Leadership and/or its designee. This committee shall coordinate and supervise conference and program activities and shall coordinate with the Association Leadership.
  2. The Membership and Elections Committee shall be responsible for designing, developing, and implementing strategies for increasing and maintaining membership. This committee shall be responsible for the creation and implementation of recruitment literature, shall solicit and vet all nominations for the elected members of the Association Leadership, and shall provide a slate to be voted on by the membership at large.
  • The Policy and External Relations Committee shall administer any liaison activities between the Association and those groups and committees at the federal, state and local levels and other professional organizations that concern the work of the Professional Development School movement.
  1. The Communications Committee shall be responsible for developing and monitoring all communications of the Association including email, website, social media, and all other communications the Association Leadership may authorize. The Chair shall work in cooperation with the Editors of the news magazine and refereed journal to coordinate publication content and timetables.    
  2. The Awards Committee shall be responsible for soliciting and selecting settings, groups and/or individuals for special recognition by the Association.
  3. The Board of Directors, or their designees, shall approve the budgeting process and budgets, lead strategic planning, and oversee the compliance of all by-laws. The Board of Directors shall oversee the activities of the Association Leadership and other responsibilities as conferred by the President.
  4. Resignation and Vacancies.

Any Association Leadership member may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President. The resignation shall be effective upon receipt by the President or at a subsequent time as specified in the notice of resignation. Any Association Leadership member may be removed for cause by a majority vote of the Executive Leadership Committee.

To fill a vacancy in a position on the Executive Leadership Committee, the committee shall call for a special election to be held within 90 days of the effective date of the resignation or removal. The Executive Leadership Committee retains the authority to appoint an interim officer until the special election can be held.

To fill a vacancy of an appointed member of the Association Leadership, the Executive Leadership Committee shall appoint a replacement to complete the term of office.

  1. Contracts and Services.
  2. The Executive Leadership Committee may authorize the Treasurer to freely make contracts, enter into transactions, or otherwise act for and on behalf of the Association, provided that any contract, transaction, or act on behalf of the association is consistent with the Association’s approved budget and shall not violate the by-laws of the association, Articles of Incorporation, or laws of the State of South Carolina.
  3. Compensation.

Association Leadership members shall not receive compensation for their services, but may be reimbursed for expenses.

ARTICLE V: MEETINGS

  1. General Business Meeting of Members.
    The general business meeting of the Association shall be held annually. At this meeting, the Association Leadership shall report on business transacted over the prior year as well as plans for future work. The agenda for the meeting shall be announced by advanced written notice.
  2. Voting.
    At every duly called meeting of members, each member whose dues are current shall be entitled to one vote. All motions shall be decided by a majority vote. The Chair of the Membership and Elections Committee shall make and certify a complete list of names and contact addresses of those members entitled to vote at membership meetings. This list will be available at meetings for convenient reference and as prima facie evidence as to the members entitled to vote and examine the list.
  3. Governance of Meetings
    In all cases to which they apply and do not conflict with the provisions of the by-laws, Robert’s Rules of Order, most current edition, shall govern business meetings of the Association. At any duly called (non-Association Leadership) meeting, the membership of the Association present shall constitute a quorum. A duly called meeting shall be announced by written notice (postmarked or electronically validated) at least thirty days in advance.
  4. Association Leadership Meetings.
    The President shall schedule a meeting of the current and incoming members of the Executive Leadership Committee prior to the general business meeting. The Executive Leadership Committee will meet semi-annually with further meetings as determined by the President. Meetings shall be announced by written notice (postmarked or electronically validated) at least thirty days in advance. At a meeting of the Association Leadership, a simple majority of the Executive Leadership Committee, including the President or President-Elect, must be present to constitute a quorum. Meetings can, at their discretion, be conducted by electronic means.

ARTICLE VI. PROHIBITION AGAINST SHARING IN ASSOCIATION RESOURCES

No Association member, or person connected with the Association, or any other private individual shall receive any net earnings of the Association at any time beyond being reimbursed for expenses that accrue in the work of the Association. Further, no persons shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any assets upon the dissolution of the Association. All members of the Association shall be deemed to have expressly consented and agreed that should the Association dissolve, after all debts have been satisfied, remaining funds shall be paid over exclusively to a non-profit educational organization such as would then qualify under the provision of the Internal Revenue Code as it now exists or as it may be hereafter amended.

ARTICLE VII. EXEMPT ACTIVITIES

No member of the Association or representative of the Association shall take any action or carry on any activity on behalf of the Association not permitted to be taken or carried on a tax exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code as it now exists or may hereafter be amended, or by an organization to which contributions are deductible under such Code. No Association money shall be used to lobby any local, state, or federal government agency.

ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENT

These by-laws may be amended or repealed at any regular meeting of the Association or by special circumstances as approved by the Executive Leadership Committee, providing that written notice is given (postmarked or electronically validated) to all members of the Association not less than 30 (thirty) days prior to the vote. Amendments will be approved by a two-thirds majority vote of those voting.

The Executive Leadership Committee shall require a review of the Bylaws of the Association every three years or more frequently upon request. The Board of Directors, in collaboration with the immediate past president, shall lead any review of the Bylaws.