Dear NAPDS Members and Friends:
Through the Policy and External Relations Committee, NAPDS partners with several organizations. One of those, the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), holds regular policy updates. According to the most recent webinar, your voice is urgently needed.
Congress is currently developing tax bills in both the House and the Senate. Both bills include items that will have major implications for universities and school districts. Some of those items include:
- A change in charitable giving that could result in a reduction of donations to universities.
- The elimination of the deduction for college-age dependents.
- A repeal of tuition reduction assistance which means that graduate students would have to pay taxes on tuition assistance received from universities.
- Removal of deductions for educators who spend their own money on classroom supplies.
- The zeroing out of Title II Funds, Teacher Quality Partnership Grants, and School Leader Recruitment and support grants.
In addition, we are currently operating under a continuing resolution through December 8th, which means that money is being spent the same way it was spent last year. Education funding could be shortchanged if the caps are not raised.
How can you help?
- Reach out to your university or school district government relations officials. They may already be aware of these issues, but they may not be aware about how your programs, students, etc. may be affected. Ask them if there is anything you can do to help support them in advocacy.
- Participate in action alerts. AACTE will be sending out an action alert soon regarding the caps. Please look for these and participate to support funding for education.
- Constituent voices matter, so reach out to congressional members. You can always advocate as a private citizen by not using your title and address. Please check with your faculty/staff handbooks to be clear on guidelines related to advocacy and work with your government relations staff.
Thank you for all that you do for our students and our schools. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS)
The NAPDS leadership team conducted its regular monthly meeting on October 10th to discuss several agenda items aimed to move the association forward and prepare for our upcoming conference. Meeting the needs of our members is at the forefront of our leadership team discussions. The meeting began with the approval of the minutes from last month’s meeting; then the leadership team considered the following action items:
- A recommendation from the Awards Committee to create an award for students, the Emerging PDS Leader Award, was approved. The nomination process will be announced soon. The inaugural award will be presented at the 2018 annual conference in Jacksonville.
- Requests from two other institutions to index articles from SUP and PDS Partners on campus repositories were granted, pending clarification of any copyright conflicts.
- Took action to support a group of international educators who want to attend the 2018 annual conference.
- Approved the development of a Leadership Handbook.
- Established a fixed fiscal year calendar, June 1- May 31, to replace the current conference-to-conference fiscal calendar.
- Adopted a policy to coordinate, under a group password manager, the various online services used by NAPDS committees and officers to conduct Association business.
The following discussion items were addressed (no formal actions required):
- The Conference Committee sought input from the leadership on a pre-conference survey.
- The Sponsorship sub-committee of the Conference Committee updated the leadership on efforts to secure sponsorships for the 2018 conference. Leadership members were encouraged to use a sample letter constructed by the committee to personally solicit sponsorships.
- The Board of Directors, coordinated by the Past-President, sought input from the leadership on various bylaw changes being considered. Final recommendations will be presented to Association leadership for review prior to being submitted to the membership for approval.
- Monthly update reports were submitted by the Treasurer, the Membership and Elections Committee, the Policy and External Relations Committee, the Conference Committee, and the Communications Committee.
The next regularly scheduled leadership meeting is November 9, 2017.
The University of Georgia College of Education and Clarke County School District are hosting a PDS Workshop on in Athens, GA on October 24, 2017. Click here for more information.
According to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), known experts in education policy and advocacy, Congress is facing many items in need of funding including but not limited to hurricane relief due to the devastating impacts of Harvey, Irma, and Maria; DACA reform; tax reform; and expiring programs. The Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) limits the amount of defense and non-defense discretionary spending, which is completed through the appropriation process. Each year the caps decrease.
Education, like many programs, may be cut or eliminated to comply with the statutory limits for Fiscal Year 2018. A new budget deal must be completed to ensure that education and other programs serving our most vulnerable population are funded at an appropriate level. Your voice can make a difference. Please click on the following link to send a letter to your Senators and Representatives on this issue:
Note: Thank you to AACTE to providing these updates. NAPDS collaborates with AACTE on the dissemination of important issues related to policy and advocacy affecting school-university partnerships, K-12 education, and teacher education.
NAPDS is excited to announce Dr. Susan L. Ogletree, Georgia State University, as the first NAPDS/AERA PDS Research Relations Liaison. This ground-breaking, inter-organizational hybrid position is a collaborative effort between NAPDS and the American Education Research Association (AERA) Professional Development School Research Special Interest Group. The purpose of this collaboration is to elevate and amplify PDS research at the national level.
Dr. Susan L. Ogletree is Director of the Center for Evaluation and Research Services in the College of Education and Human Services at Georgia State University. The Center provides quantitative and qualitative research design development and evaluation services on large Federal grants and for state, local and international school systems. She also works with faculty to provide internships for students in the college interested in evaluation. Prior to her university work, Dr. Ogletree served as a classroom teacher and principal for over twenty years. She is a true boundary spanner. Her primary research interests include Professional Development Schools, both nationally and internationally, and their impact on academic achievement in high needs urban schools.
“I am honored and excited to serve as the first NAPDS/AERA PDS Research Relations Liaison linking two organizations that encourage collaborative relationships between universities and school districts as well as best practices in research. Thanks to many PDS educators and researchers in these organizations, the PDS work can continue to flourish and expand exponentially.” – Dr. Susan L. Ogletree
The NAPDS/AERA PDS Research Relations Liaison serves on the NAPDS Policy and External Relations Committee and on the AERA PDS SIG Leadership.
More information about PDS Research from the Research Relations Liaison and the Policy and External Relations Committee, coming soon.
The new and improved NAPDS conference website, registration system, and hotel links are now available. Check them out at the Conference tab.
Update: The deadline has been extended to 10/13/2017
NAPDS is accepting proposals for its 2018 National Conference from Thursday, June 1 through Friday, September 29, 2017!
Student proposals are also being accepted. For more information, please visit the 2018 Conference page.