Exemplary PDS Achievement Award


DEADLINE 2019:  October 26, 2018


The NAPDS Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement recognizes Professional Development School relationships for their ongoing contributions to the mission and vision of the National Association for Professional Development Schools in creating and sustaining genuine collaborative partnerships between P-12 and higher education that shapes educator leadership and practice.


Applications for the award must include, at a minimum, one school/district and one college/university that are in a formalized Professional Development School relationship. Applications may feature a multi-site network or may highlight a single school and its collaboration with a college/university. Applications for the award are restricted to such relationships that support, through one or more individual memberships, the work of the NAPDS. Nominees must have had their PDS work presented at the PDS National Conference by one or more individuals at least once since 2013.  Past recipients of the award are not eligible to apply again until at least three years have elapsed.


Nominations must be received electronically in the NAPDS awards committee ( no later than October 26, 2018 .


  1. A cover sheet that includes:
    1. the name, title, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address for the individual serving as the Primary Contact;
    2. the names and positions of all individuals who contributed to the writing of the application;
    3. the names of all members of the partnership who are current NAPDS members; and
    4. the date(s) and title(s) of the presentation(s) and the name(s) of the presenter(s) for presentation(s) made on the work of the partnership at the PDS National Conference since 2013.
  2. A concise, well-sequenced narrative of no more than 20 double-spaced pages (12 pt. font) which addresses the PDS essentials by providing:
    1. an explanation of how the PDS mission is broader in its outreach and scope than the mission of any partner and furthers the education profession and its responsibility to advance equity within schools and, by potential extension, the broader community, and how student learning is impacted by the PDS (essential 1);
    2. a brief description of the formal and, if appropriate, any informal roles played by both college/university and P-12 faculty across institutional settings (essential 8);
    3. an explanation of how the organizational structure of the relationship encourages collaboration, reflection, and regular communication among participants (essentials 6 & 7);
    4. a description of how resources are dedicated and shared across school/university and P-12 settings and how participants are formally rewarded and recognized for their contributions to the relationship (essential 9);
    5. a summary of the work of the relationship in preparing future educators in the 20117-18 academic year, including an explanation of how the P-12 setting embraces the teacher candidates’ active engagement in the school community (essential 2);
    6. a description of how professional development is provided on a regular basis for all participants (essential 3);
    7. a description of the relationship’s innovative and reflective practices that are explicit, mutually determined by PDS participants, and demonstrably enhance student learning (essential 4);
    8. an explanation of how best practice is routinely examined and shared with others, both within and outside of the PDS relationship (essential 5); and
    9. with the essentials in mind, the accomplishments and achievements of which the PDS is most proud.

*Not included in the 20 pages (1 inch margins), but as appendices, please attach:

  1. a copy of the relationship’s mission statement;
  2. a copy of the relationship’s written articulation agreement; and
  3. a diagram of the relationship’s organizational structure.

*Applications should not rely on embedded links that include additional information that would extend the 20 page limit.
*Incomplete nominations will not be considered.


Selection for the award will be based on the nine essentials of PDS work detailed in the April 2008 NAPDS statement titled “What It Means to be a Professional Development School.” (The full statement can be found here.)

These nine essentials are:

  • a comprehensive mission that is broader in its outreach and scope than the mission of any partner and that furthers the education profession and its responsibility to advance equity within schools and, by potential extension, the broader community;
  • a school-university culture committed to the preparation of future educators that embraces their active engagement in the school community;
  • ongoing and reciprocal professional development for all participants guided by need;
  • a shared commitment to innovative and reflective practice by all participants;
  • engagement in and public sharing of the results of deliberate investigations of practice by respective participants;
  • an articulation agreement developed by the respective participants delineating the roles and responsibilities of all involved;
  • a structure that allows all participants a forum for ongoing governance, reflection, and collaboration;
  • work by college/university faculty and P-12 faculty in formal roles across institutional settings; and
  • dedicated and shared resources and formal rewards and recognition structures.


The NAPDS Awards Committee, consisting of individuals with a balanced representation from the P-12 and college/university communities, will recommend the recipient(s) of the award to the NAPDS Leadership Team at its January 2018 meeting. Upon approval of the Leadership Team, the recipient(s) will be notified immediately in order to ensure representation at the award ceremony on Saturday of the annual conference.

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The chair of the NAPDS Awards Committee will present the award to the winner.


The award shall be publicized in the publications of the NAPDS, on its website, and in other appropriate NAPDS venues. The recipient and the college/university of the recipient will receive a formal press release to use in publicizing the award.




  • SUNY Buffalo State Professional Development School Consortium
  • Federal Hocking Local Schools/Ohio University C.A.R.E. Professional Development School Partnership
  • Penn State University/State College Area School District Professional Development School Partnership
  • Waco Independent School District/Baylor University Professional Development School Partnership


  • Baylor University/Midway ISD Professional Development School Partnership
  • Monmouth University Professional Development School Partnership
  • Salisbury University PDS Partnership with Snow Hill Elementary School


  • George Mason University, Fairfax County Public Schools, Prince Williams County Schools, Manassas Park City Schools
  • Quinnipiac University School of Education, Side by Side Charter School Fair Haven Elementary School


  • Bowie State University PDS Network
  • Emporia State University Professional Development School
  • North Springs Elementary School and the University of South Carolina
  • Salisbury University and Mardela Middle & High School PDS
  • Clarke County School District & University of Georgia College of Education Professional Development School District
  • PDS Relationship between Dreher High School and the University of South Carolina


  • Athens City Schools and the Patton College Center for PDS Partnerships at Ohio University
  • Millersville University Secondary Education Professional Development School
  • The Elementary Block Network in the Watson College of Education Professional Development System at the University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • The University of South Florida College of Education Partnership with the Hillsborough County Public Schools


  • Professional Development School Collaboration between Lake Carolina Elementary School and the University of South Carolina
  • Winthrop University University-School Partnership Network
  • Professional Development School Collaboration between Friendship Elementary School and the University of Central Florida
  • Professional Development School Collaboration between Holly Glen Elementary and Edward R. Johnstone Elementary Schools, and Rowan University


  • Benedum Collaborative (West Virginia)
  • Brigham Young University – Public School Partnership
  • Marietta Middle School/Kennesaw State University PDS
  • Minnesota State University Mankato PDS Partnership
  • Timbercrest – University of Central Florida PDS


  • Buffalo State College, School of Education, Department of Elementary Education and Reading Professional Development School Consortium
  • Cleveland State University Master of Urban Secondary Teaching and Cleveland School of Science and Medicine
  • Kansas State University College of Education PDS Partnership
  • Rice Creek Elementary School and the University of South Carolina PDS
  • Salisbury University and Worcester County Public Schools Snow Hill Elementary/Worcester Elementary PDS Cluster


  • The Indiana State University Professional Development School Partnership
  • The Queens University of Charlotte/ Myers Park Traditional Elementary School PDS
  • The Towson University -Waterloo-Ilchester-Bellows Spring Elementary Education-Special Education Dual Certification PDS
  • The University of South Carolina Professional Development School Network


  • Penn State University and State College Area School District Elementary Professional Development School Collaborative
  • North Springs Elementary School – Columbia, SC
  • North Florida Urban Professional Development School Partnership