UNCW’s Watson College of Education Reaffirms Partnerships with Regional Schools

Thursday, June 04, 2015

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Watson College of Education (WCE) renewed its Professional Development System (PDS) partnerships with schools across the region during a June 4 ceremony at the Education Building’s Legacy Hall.

The college has collaborated with regional schools through the partnership since 1993. The partnership strengthens learning experiences for participants at multiple levels, including K-12 students, student interns from UNCW and practicing teachers, according to Watson College Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum.

More than 2,300 teachers at 147 schools across the region participate in the program. Other key facts about the PDS include:

  • 320 UNCW student internship placements in the last academic year
  • More than 4,000 other field experience placements for UNCW students
  • 8,000 public school students served by interns
  • 395 professional development opportunities offered to participating teachers on campus and at schools in the community

“Just last year, the Watson College received the Exemplary Achievement Award from the National Association of Professional Development Schools at its annual meeting in Las Vegas,” Teitelbaum said. “This recognition is largely due to our close, collaborative relationships with 12 school districts in the region. Re-negotiating our partnership agreements with them gives us three more years to grow and nurture these relationships and to assist our UNCW students and the students and teachers in K-12 schools.”