Committee Chair Search
Because you are believers in the work of professional development schools, and because you value your membership in the National Association for Professional Development Schools, we are reaching out to you with two exciting options you may wish to consider to expand your role and influence within our community of professional practice.
The Association currently has vacancies for two committee chair positions: (1) Membership and Elections and (2) Policy and External Relations. Please click here for additional information about these two committees and the roles you might play. Should you find that you are interested in one of these opportunities, we would ask that you submit a brief (one or two page) document that
- outlines your general experience with professional development schools and NAPDS,
- describes your qualifications for the position,
- describes why you are interested in the position and what value you would bring to the Association’s Leadership, and
- any additional information that would help us make an informed decision about your candidacy for the position.
We would also ask that you supply us with your contact information.
It is important to note that these chair positions are for a term of two years appointed by the Association Leadership and may be extended for an additional two years by mutual agreement. The chair will attend two Leadership meetings, in addition to the Leadership meeting at the PDS National Conference. For each of the other two meetings, individuals are reimbursed for up to $500 for travel/hotel.
The deadline for submitting your document of interest is Friday, March 7, 2014. All documents should be submitted electronically to Karen Hassell at firstname.lastname@example.org and JoNancy Warrren at email@example.com.
After review, the Association Leadership will schedule interviews with selected candidates before making a decision. It is our intention to hold interviews at the national conference in Las Vegas March 27-30. If you are presenting at the conference, please let us know when your presentation is scheduled.
However, if you are not attending the conference, we will gladly make other arrangements for an interview via conference call.
We look forward to learning of your interest in these two outstanding leadership opportunities and are eager to make the best choices for the Association’s future. Should you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be delighted to help in any way.
Karen Hassell and JoNancy Warren,
Membership and Elections Co-Chairs, on behalf of the NAPDS Executive Council and the Board of Directors
2014 Professional Development School National Conference
The Common Core of Professional Development Schools:
Employing the Nine Essentials to Enhance Educational Growth
March 27-30, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
The University of South Carolina and the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) invite you to participate in the 2014 PDS National Conference in Las Vegas Nevada. This annual gathering of educators has served for fifteen years as a source of invaluable networking for P-12 and college/university faculty and administrators interested in sharing their efforts in building and sustaining PDS relationships that positively impact teaching and learning across the school-university continuum. The conference has grown throughout the years and now typically attracts 1000 educators from across the United States and the world. The four-day schedule includes multiple opportunities for formal and informal conversations, presentations from nationally recognized keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, and facilitated discussions on targeted topics.
At the heart of the conference, however, are the presentations made by individuals and teams from PDS partnerships across the globe, focused on this year’s theme “The Common Core of Professional Development Schools: Employing the Nine Essentials to Enhance Educational Growth.” The “nine essentials” of PDS collaborations were released by the NAPDS in April 2008 in an attempt to address the question, “What does it mean to be a PDS?” They have served for five years as a vital guide for both beginning and well-established PDS partnerships as they have fine-tuned their collaborative efforts. While the “essentials” offer PDS practitioners a roadmap for school-university collaboration, they nevertheless encourage individual partnerships to approach the specifics of their relationships in a variety of ways. Considering the range of approaches institutions have adopted, the 2014 Conference Planning Team believes it instructive for partnerships to share with conference participants the impact of the “nine essentials” on their work. Because of the collaborative nature of PDS work, preference has been given to proposals submitted by teams that include representatives from both the P-12 and the college/university communities.
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