Watson College of Education Wins National Award

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Watson College of Education's Professional Development System (PDS) Partnership has received an award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS).

The NAPDS Award for Exemplary PDS Achievement was created in 2009 to recognize school-university partnerships that successfully prepare teacher candidates for the classroom by embracing active engagement in P-12 schools. Selection for the award is based on significant advancements in the nine essentials of PDS work detailed in the April 2008 NAPDS statement titled "What it Means to be a Professional Development School."

"We have many faculty, staff and students in the Watson College of Education who work tirelessly to maintain and make best use of our extensive system of university-school partnerships," says Watson College Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum. "It's wonderful to be honored by the national organization, as it provides us well-deserved recognition for our PDS efforts."

Watson College of Education's PDS was created in 1993 to enhance teacher preparation by partnering with in-service teachers to provide internship opportunities for students. The mission has grown to include school-university collaboration and ongoing professional development to enhance the quality of teaching and school leadership in the region. Today, the program partners with 12 districts, 146 schools and more than 2,200 teachers in southeastern North Carolina.