Professional Development System

Site Coordinator Meeting

PDS Site Coordinators

PDS Site Coordinators function as liaisons between the Watson College of Education PDS partnership and the school site. They are the first line of communication between the PDS partners at the site and the WCE. They work proactively to promote the benefits of the partnership for all partners and assist in developing the professional growth of both the student interns and the teachers at their site. They serve as professional role models by consistently demonstrating excellence in teaching, leadership, and collegiality. Click here to find out more about the role and responsibilities of a PDS Site Coordinator.

Site Coordinator Annual Meetings
PDS Site Coordinators meet annually to discuss PDS processes, programs, successes and opportunities for growth. These meetings are available both face-to-face and online via WebEx. WebEx participants are asked to utilize a webcam and microphone to appropriately participate in each meeting. Site Coordinators who are anticipating placements at his/her school are required to attend. 

  • September 12, 2017 (4:00-5:30pm, face-to-face only)
  • September 14, 2017 (4:00-5:30pm, online or face-to-face) Video Archive
  • January 23, 2018 (4:00-5:30pm, face-to-face only)
  • January 25, 2018 (4:00-5:30pm, online or face-to-face)  Video Archive

    CLICK HERE to register.

edTPA Support
The edTPA is a performance-based assessment teacher candidates complete during their student teaching, which was designed by the Stanford Center for Learning and Assessment Equity (SCALE) and is currently being used in 35 states, as well as the District of Columbia as a summative assessment of teacher preparation. It consists of three tasks which align with one cycle of instruction in which teacher candidates plan 3-5 lessons (Task 1:  Planning), video record themselves teaching those 3-5 lessons (Task 2: Instruction), and analyze student work (Task 3: Assessment).  For each of the three tasks, candidates write commentaries to support and justify their planning decisions (Task 1), analyze their teaching (Task 2) and use data to inform instruction (Task 3). For additional information regarding edTPA, please use the links below and/or plan to attend one of the meetings listed above, or join us for one of the partnership teacher workshops noted on our PT site.

Partnership Teacher and Supervisor Support

Recommendation of Partnership Teachers
PDS Partnership Teachers are referred by the PDS Site Coordinator and Principal of their school using the reference link in our Collaborative Portal. To review the criteria for recommending a Partnership Teacher click here.  To recommend a Partnership Teacher, please access the Portal using the link below. Once you have entered the Portal, choose the School Planning tab to access the recommendation link.

Facilitation of Site Seminars
PDS Site Coordinators plan, structure, and lead site seminars (Informational/Collaborative & Reflective) between and among student interns, partnership teachers, university supervisors and others involved in the partnership school efforts. A list of required site seminars for program areas can be found below. A list of recommended topics gathered from Site Coordinator meetings can be found in the WCE Collaborative Portal.

Informational/Collaborative site seminars are designed to share information about school processes, school culture, and/or general classroom procedures (e.g. seminars on school procedures and/or policies). If professional development allows limited time for discussion and collaboration, it should be considered an informational/collaborative site seminar. Discussion should stem from a common issue and have relevance to all participants. The focus should be on informing future practice.

Reflective site seminars are designed expressly for school personnel and interns to come together to exchange ideas and discuss professional issues, allowing participants to practice the collegiality that is implicit in the PDS model. If the professional development allows time for collaboration and discussion, then it may be used as a reflective site seminar.

Site Seminar Requirements by Program Area

Program Area

Number of Required Seminars (Each seminar is approximately 1 hour)

Early Childhood

None

Elementary

3-4 (at least two reflective)

Middle Grades

3

Special Education

None

Secondary

4 (at least two reflective)

All Other Program Areas (PE, Music, & Foreign Language)

Interns will follow the seminar schedule of the school at which they intern (e.g. PE interns in an elementary school will attend 3-4 site seminars).

***Middle Grades MAT teacher candidates do not have to participate in site seminars.

PDS Collaborative Portal
The WCE Collaborative Portal serves as the “go-to site” to retrieve all information, materials, and tools teachers will need to perform tasks efficiently and effectively as Site Coordinators. Site Coordinators can access the Collaborative Portal using the link below. If you do not know your username and password, please use the “Forgot” link on the sign in page to retrieve this information using your professional school email.

Link to PDS Collaborative Portal

Link to Field Experience Evaluation Criteria (Please note that site coordinators and partnership teachers will receive an email from the Field Experience Coordinator in April and November with the live evaluation link.)