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PDS Hosts Partnership in Action Conference, Spring Partnership Celebration

Friday, June 02, 2017

Partnership in Action Conference – March 31

PDS hosted its inaugural Partnership in Action Conference focused on “Innovation in Teaching and Learning” on March 31. A group of 75 participants from nine school districts and the Watson College participated in the event, which featured a series of sessions to showcase innovative practice.

Donna Teuber was keynote speaker. Tueber is a respected leader in the field of educational technology with a passion for using design thinking to help schools implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning.

PDS Director Somer Lewis coordinated the event in collaboration with Robert Smith, WCE’s Wendy and Dell Murphy Distinguished Professor of Education.

Lewis was pleased with participation in the event. “We hope the conference will serve as a starting point for the creation of a network within PDS whose main focus is the support and sharing of innovative practice,” she said.

Partnership Teacher Celebration Held April 27

More than 150 partnership teachers, site coordinators, student interns, university supervisors and staff attended a dinner hosted by WCE’s PDS office on April 27. The event is held each semester to celebrate the college’s collaborative work with partnership schools, teachers and interns.

Watson College Dean Van Dempsey, associate professor Dennis Kubasko, PDS Director Somer Lewis, WCE Director of Professional Experiences Cindy Wiseman and WCE student intern Brittany Colagerakis spoke at the event. Other highlights included a slideshow of internship experiences and partnership teachers’ reflections on their experiences mentoring future teachers.

Samara Kuhn Receives 2017 Roy E. Harkin Award

Samara Kuhn was recognized as the spring 2017 Roy E. Harkin Award recipient at the April 27 event. Kuhn is a teacher at Island Montessori, a public charter school in Wilmington. The award for excellence as a partnership teacher was established in 2008 in memory of Roy E. Harkin, who served as the chair of the Education Department at UNCW from 1976 to 1979 and as Dean of the School of Education until 1991.

PDS Spring 2017 Newsletter

WCE’s PDS office and Professional Experiences team, working in partnership with PDS districts, schools and teachers, coordinated 307 internships and 4,075 field experience placements for Watson College students during the 2016-17 academic year.

For more information in activities of WCE’s PDS office and a calendar of 2017-18 workshops and events, visit the PDS Spring 2017 Newsletter