2018 NAPDS Conference App Now Available


2018 NAPDS Program APP Anouncement

We’ve gone mobile! NAPDS is excited to announce that the 2018 NAPDS Conference has a brand new mobile guide for you to use on Guidebook! To access the most up-to-date information about our event, including schedules, maps, and much more, get our guide here: https://guidebook.com/g/napds2018/

Android and iOS users can:

  1. Visit the URL above.
  2. Tap the Download button to download the free Guidebook app.
  3. Open Guidebook and search for National Association for Professional Development Schools.

We know you will enjoy this new feature for our conference. Be sure to check out the My Schedule option, where you can plan your conference schedule from start to finish. A pdf of the conference schedule will be posted the week of the conference.




The National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) has announced that four school-university partnerships will be honored for “Exemplary PDS Achievement” at the organization’s upcoming annual conference in Jacksonville, FL.  Partnerships involving SUNY Buffalo State, Baylor University, Ohio University and Penn State were selected for the 2018 awards, to be presented on March 17.  The coveted Exemplary PDS Achievement Award is given to a small number of school-university partnerships each year whose work creates and sustains genuine collaborative relationships between P-12 schools and higher education.  In addition, NAPDS has chosen Dr. Mary Elizabeth Higgins as winner of the 2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Its Exemplary PDS Achievement award, in collaboration with the Waco Independent School District, is Baylor University’s second, having previously been recognized for its partnership with Midway ISD.  In announcing the award, the Baylor-Waco ISD partnership was cited for its mutually beneficial 25-year collaboration and its leadership in PDS work nationally.

Penn State’s collaboration with the State College Area Schools is also receiving its second recognition for Exemplary PDS Achievement.  The Awards Committee cited the partnership for its 20-year anniversary and its commitment to a “culture of inquiry” as well as its leadership in the PDS movement nationally.

Ohio University is also being honored for a second time, having received the Exemplary Achievement Award in 2014 for its work the Athens City Schools.  In 2018, its collaboration with the Federal Hocking Local Schools, known as the “Creating Active and Reflective Educators” (C.A.R.E.) partnership,  was cited for its two-decades long “culture of collaboration and shared accountability” as well as its leadership in the PDS movement nationally.

2018’s fourth honoree is SUNY Buffalo State, also a two-time winner of the Exemplary PDS Achievement Award, having been honored previously in 2011.  The SUNY Buffalo State Consortium was cited for its exceptional international outreach and long-standing relationships with 31 Western New York school districts.

Dr. Higgins, currently on the faculty at the University of Colorado, earned her PhD in 2017 from Penn State University with a dissertation entitled The Influence of Practitioner Research on Teacher Candidates’ Beliefs.  In announcing the award, Dr. Higgins’ work was cited for helping the local school community, as well as the larger PDS-teacher education field, to better understand the influence of inquiry on pre-service teacher development.

NAPDS is the pre-eminent national organization supporting and advancing school-university collaboration. The vision of the Association is to serve as an advocate for the educational community in promoting the continuous development of PreK-12/higher education/community relationships.  NAPDS sponsors two publications, the PDS Partners and School-University Partnerships, a refereed journal for scholarly research.  The NAPDS annual conference typically draws 800-1000 educators from the U.S. and several foreign countries.


For additional information, contact Keith Conners, NAPDS Awards Committee Chair, at 410-430-8794 or by email at kjconners@salisbury.edu.



Call for Submissions: Journal of Practitioner Research Special Issue


NAPDS is pleased to share a call for submissions for a special issue of the Journal of Practitioner Research: “Practitioner Research in a Changing Educator Preparation Landscape: Exploring Tensions and Reimagining Possibilities”. The guest editor is Dr. Ellen Ballock, Department of Early and Elementary Education, Gordon College, Wenham, MA. Please see the attached document for more information, including an overview of the journal, the special issue topic, submission guidelines, and deadlines. For additional information, please contact Dr. Ballock directly at ellen.ballock@gordon.edu.

Journal of Practitioner Research themed issue call for papers.



Open Position: NAPDS Membership and Elections Committee Chair


NAPDS is currently accepting letters of interest for the position of Membership and Elections Committee Chair.


The chair of 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.


Please submit your letter of interest to Doug Rogers, NAPDS president, at Doug_Rogers@baylor.edu no later than February 15, 2018. Your letter should include the following information:


  • A brief description of your current role and responsibilities
  • A detailed description of your expertise and experience in the area of membership development


A committee will review all letters of interest and conduct interviews with selected candidates at the 2018 NAPDS Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, March 15-17, 2018. The selected individual is expected to begin a two year term of service, beginning in March 2018.

Manuscript Submission Deadline Extended to February 1, 2018


Manuscript Submission Deadline Extended to February 1, 2018

The deadline for submission of manuscripts has been extended to February 1, 2018 for the latest online, themed issue of School-University Partnerships: “Furthering the Education Profession: Partnerships in Action.” Focus areas for this special issue are 1) preparation of future educators, 2) ongoing reciprocal professional development for existing professionals, and 3) engaging the community. For more information, please visit https://napds.org/journal/. Questions may be directed to Somer Lewis at lewiss@uncw.edu.

2017 NAPDS Election Results


Dear NAPDS Members:


The National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) is honored to announce the results of its recent election:


Michael Cosenza, President-Elect


Donnan Stoicovy, Board of Directors


Cynthia Coler, Secretary


Our newly elected Association Leadership team members will be formally introduced at the 2018 NAPDS Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, which will take place March 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville. They will assume their new leadership duties at that time. Congratulations to all three!


Thank you to our membership for actively participating in this year’s nomination and election process.




Membership and Elections Committee

National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS)

Advocacy Spotlight: November 22, 2017

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:

  1. A change in charitable giving that could result in a reduction of donations to universities.
  2. The elimination of the deduction for college-age dependents.
  3. A repeal of tuition reduction assistance which means that graduate students would have to pay taxes on tuition assistance received from universities.
  4. Removal of deductions for educators who spend their own money on classroom supplies.
  5. 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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.




Association Leadership

National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS)


October NAPDS Leadership Update

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.