Call for Cases


Dear NAPDS Members and Friends:


Ten years ago, the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) outlined nine essentials of what distinguishes professional development schools (PDS) as intentional, deep school-university partnerships in their publication What it Means to be a Professional Development School. Since their publication, PDS stakeholders have used the Nine Essentials to guide their work.


The purpose of this book, The NAPDS Nine Essentials in Action: Cases of Professional Development Schools, will be to extend the current knowledge about PDSs by providing cases that illustrate how the NAPDS Nine Essentials can be and have been implemented and how their implementation looks at varying levels of partnership development.


We invite you to submit cases that document your PDS work using the Nine Essentials as a backdrop. Please review the attached Call for Cases and refer any questions to either of us. Cases are due by September 15th.




Eva Garin, Professor

Bowie State University


Rebecca West Burns, Associate Professor

University of South Florida


2018 PDS SERVE Conference


Dear NAPDS Members and Friends:


PDS South East Regional Vision for Education (PDS SERVE), one of the newest regional affiliates of NAPDS, will host its second annual conference on September 22, 2018. This year’s theme, “Building Momentum in the Southeast,” honors the work of PDS partnerships and pushes us forward to make strides in PDS work throughout the Southeast. We invite you to join us in Columbia, South Carolina for a day of innovation and inspiration!

Please see the PDS SERVE Conference Flyer for further pre-conference and conference details. We look forward to seeing you in September!




The 2018 PDS SERVE Conference Planning Committee


NAPDS President’s Update: July 2018


July 24, 2018


Dear NAPDS Members:


Over the past several weeks the Association Leadership has solidified more information for the 2019 NAPDS Conference, “The Essentials of PDS: Implementation, Innovation, Impact.” The

conference will take place February 14th-16th in Atlanta, Georgia. In preparation, our Conference Committee has scheduled the following events and opportunities for our members:


Pre-Conference Workshop and Site Visit

This exciting new conference feature is a ticketed event to be held during the afternoon of Wednesday, February 13th. Members who participate in this workshop will travel to a Georgia State University PDS partnership school to observe in classrooms and meet with administrators, collaborating teachers, and pre-service teachers to discuss PDS work. Watch for more information soon!



Enjoy the following meals during the conference, included as part of your registration:


  • Thursday morning coffee/pastries and buffet lunch
  • Friday continental breakfast and plated lunch
  • Saturday continental breakfast


Welcome Reception and Networking

Finish the first day of the conference with a welcome reception and enjoy visiting colleagues both old and new!  All are invited to mingle on the Garden Courtyard at the Sheraton Atlanta, enjoy sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and smooth sounds from a local university jazz band.


Breakfast Collaboration Groups

Collaboration Groups are informal groups held in conjunction with breakfast. Attendees will gather around tables to eat, network, and collaborate with other professionals who hold similar interests. Ideas for groups are welcome!  Look for a call for volunteers to facilitate these groups, or e-mail  for more information.


Membership and Awards Luncheon

Public celebration of our successes is a part of the NAPDS 9 Essentials. You won’t want to miss this time of honoring exemplary partnerships, an outstanding dissertation, and friends of NAPDS. This luncheon will give you the opportunity to meet your elected and appointed leadership as well as to learn more about the Association’s strategic plan, member benefits, financial position, and planned initiatives. And your conference registration includes one year of NAPDS membership!


Job and Grad Fair

NAPDS invites you to participate in the 2019 conference’s Job and Grad Fair. We believe this conference presents a tremendous recruiting opportunity for school districts and grad schools. In past years as many as 150 pre-service teachers and 150 in-service teachers have attended the NAPDS Conference. You will have access to the best and brightest future teachers—to meet and chat with them and perhaps view and discuss their action research.


The 2019 NAPDS Conference Call for Proposals is now available on our website. The deadline for proposal submissions is September 28, 2018. We encourage you to submit a proposal, and we look forward to seeing you at the conference next February!




Wendy Baker, President

National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS

NAPDS Honors Three Emerging PDS Leaders



Photo caption: Congratulations to our NAPDS 2018 Emerging PDS Leaders: Shelby Ennis, Salisbury University; Ashley Nylin, University of Georgia; and Erin Morgart, Pennsylvania State University!


 NAPDS Honors Three Emerging PDS Leaders

At the 2018 NAPDS Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, three student members were honored as “Emerging PDS Leaders.” Shelby Ennis, Salisbury University; Ashley Nylin, University of Georgia; and Erin Morgart, Pennsylvania State University, were each recognized for their contributions to the Association through scholarly research presentations at its annual conferences and through service to their respective local PDS partnerships. The 2018 NAPDS Conference was attended by more than 800 educators from the United States and several foreign countries.


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 refereed journals for scholarly research: PDS Partners and School-University Partnerships.


The Emerging PDS Leader award is sponsored by Information Age Publishing. For more information about NAPDS awards, please visit the NAPDS Awards webpage or contact Keith Conners, NAPDS Awards Committee Chair, at 410-430-8794 or via e-mail at

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:

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



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

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 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.