The purpose of the PA&ER Committee is to advance policy, increase advocacy, and cultivate relationships with other professional organizations to increase awareness and support of Professional Development Schools (PDSs) as exemplary school-university-community partnerships for educational improvement and renewal. According to bylaw 126.96.36.199, “The Policy, Advocacy and External Relations Committee shall administer any liaison activities between the Association and those groups and committees at the federal, state and local levels and other professional organizations that concern the work of the Professional Development School movement.”
The PA&ER Committee disseminates information about issues in educational policy by providing updates to the NAPDS membership via association email. The PA&ER Committee alerts members to educational funding opportunities and key policy documents that affect PK-20 partners.
The following are issues addressed by the committee previously:
The PA&ER Committee advocates for PDSs and for NAPDS by regularly participating in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s annual event, Washington Week. During this event, AACTE provides training on policy and advocacy, updates participants on initiatives affecting education and particularly teacher education, and supports participants in meeting with their national legislators. During this event, NAPDS Leadership representatives meet with AACTE representatives and the Association of Teacher Educators to discuss points of synergy and potential opportunities for policy and advocacy in teacher education.
Another area of advocacy is PDS research. The PA&ER Committee has been collaborating with the American Education Research Association to elevate and amplify research in and on PDSs. To advance this cause, they co-created the first inter-organizational position called the PDS Research Relations Liaison.
In addition to policy and advocacy, the PA&ER Committee works diligently to build and maintain relationships with other educational organizations in order to advocate for PDSs. To date, NAPDS has been collaborating with the following organizations on various initiatives targeting PK-20 educational issues:
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honors society in education. NAPDS and KDP have been discussing opportunities for NAPDS members to receive access to KDP’s online resources at a reduced rate.
The American Association for Employment in Education is an organization that provides resources and networking opportunities to support employment in education. NAPDS has distributed AAEE’s annual survey about educator supply and demand. NAPDS and AAEE are considering other points of synergy like the Job Fair held at the annual NAPDS conference.
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is an organization that represents institutions of higher education and educator preparation programs. NAPDS representatives have participated in AACTE’s events, particularly Washington Week. Both organizations continue to engage in conversations about potential opportunities for collaboration.
The American Education Research Association PDS Research Special Interest Group brings together researchers interested in conducting research in and on PDSs. NAPDS and the AERA PDSR SIG share the common interest of advancing PDS research. They created the first inter-organizational position between the two organizations called the PDS Research Relations Liaison. They also have worked together to provide a PDS research forum at the annual NAPDS conference. They continue to work together to advance research in and on PDSs.
The Association of Teacher Educators is an organization of teacher educators who are committed to high quality teacher preparation and ongoing professional learning. NAPDS and ATE have a strong relationship, which includes a joint task force that has resulted in several positive outcomes for NAPDS members, like successful back-to-back conferences and joint Clinical Practice Fellows Symposia beginning in 2019.
The National Coalition of Educators is a coalition of eleven national PK-20 professional organizations that support the education profession. They share a collective commitment to high quality teacher preparation. NAPDS participates as one of those eleven organizations.