Monday, March 9, 2015

PDS National Conference

Dr. Catoe, Mrs. Dawson, Dr. Buchheister, Ms. Koransky, Ms. Myers, and myself attended the Professional Development Schools (PDS) annual conference March 5-8.  We were honored to present a presentation entitled "Educating Citizens of the Future: Teaching Equity for All."  The presentation was all about exposing our University of South Carolina (USC) teaching candidates to how North Springs Elementary (NSE) addresses meeting the strengths, interests, and needs of the students at NSE.

NAPDS 2015 Exemplary School Award
We also had the honor of receiving the 2015 NAPDS Exemplary Schools Award.  This is the second time since 2009 that NSE has been recognized for its exemplary involvement and implementation of the PDS model for preparing teaching candidates.  NSE actually received one of the first awards given by the NAPDS back in 2009.

Ms. Myers
In addition to presenting and receiving the award, our recent interns had the opportunity to present their inquiry project results to an international audience.  I was very impressed and proud of the quality and content of the presentations.

Ms. Koransky

NSE's involvement in the preparation of teaching candidates is critical to the teaching profession.  As a PDS school we benefit from the involvement of an USC liaison, USC adjunct, coaching teachers, and quality teacher candidates.  We offer a full day for our teacher candidates to observe quality teaching as part of our "Celebration of Teaching."  At the conclusion of the day, our interns have an opportunity to interact with practicing teachers, administrators, and district board members to ask questions and make comments.
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