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PDS Advisory Board Members Attend NAPDS Conference

Monday, April 04, 2016

WCE’s Professional Development System (PDS) director Somer Lewis and five members of WCE’s PDS Advisory Board attended the 2016 National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) conference in March. Attendees were faculty members Amy Garrett Dikkers, Lynn Sikma and Holly Konrady and PDS partners Cassie Cartrette and Cathy Edmonds. Cartrette is coordinator of the Beginning Teacher Support Program for Columbus County Schools and Edmonds is the PDS site coordinator for New Hanover County Schools.

Lewis and Cartrette presented at the conference. Their session was titled “Are We Meeting Our Goals? Measuring the Impact of Our PDS Work.”

NAPDS is dedicated to promoting genuine collaborative partnerships between P-12 and higher education. More than 900 educators attended the 2016 national conference, held in Washington D.C. March 3-6.

“Professional development systems across the country are doing important work,” Lewis said. “The conference provided a great opportunity for our faculty and school partners to see examples of other PDS models.”

Another goal for the PDS Board in attending the conference was to share work of WCEs’ PDS partnership and “to have a more prominent voice at the national level,” Lewis said.

WCE’s PDS Partnership received a national award for exemplary achievement from NAPDS in 2014.

For more information on the National Association for Professional Development Schools, visit www.napds.org.

For more information on the Watson College of Education Professional Development System (PDS), visit www.uncw.edu/ed/pds.