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