PDS Workshop

PDS Workshop


Are you interested in learning more about the potential benefits of strong school-university partnerships?

Are you interested in forming or strengthening a Professional Development School (PDS) partnership between your school district and your local college or university? Consider attending our annual PDS Workshop on

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The workshop will be held from 8:00am-4:00pm in Athens, GA. We will begin with an opening session at the Georgia Museum of Art and then we will be visiting PDS schools in Clarke County School District throughout the day.

Click here to register for the workshop.

  • Early Registration Fee (ends 9/15/2017): $150
  • Registration Fee 9/16 or after: $175
  • Registration Deadline: October 16

Click here for a flyer about our 2017 workshop.

Below is an article from the Office of School Engagement Fall 2016 Newsletter about the 2016 workshop:

Record numbers attend 4th annual PDS Workshop

On October 25, the Professional Development School District hosted its 4th annual Professional Development Schools (PDS) Workshop. Twenty-seven registered educators and sixteen additional local guests attend the all-day workshop, making this the largest workshop to date. Universities represented included Mercer University, Georgia College and State University, Valdosta State University, Armstrong State University, and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. School districts included Griffin-Spalding, Valdosta City, and Savannah-Chatham.

After a welcome from COE Dean Craig Kennedy, Dr. Janna Dresden, Director of the Office of School Engagement, and Dr. Mark Tavernier, Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services and School Performance in the Clarke County School District, gave participants an overview of the partnership.

Participants then spent the remainder of the day traveling to five schools to experience different aspects of the partnership.  Cedar Shoals High School, J. J. Harris Elementary School, Hilsman Middle School, H.B. Stroud Elementary School, and Clarke Middle School offered experiences such as on-site courses, discussions with mentor teachers, observations of K-12 classrooms, and conversations with Professors-in-Residence.

The workshop concluded with remarks from CCSD Superintendent Philip Lanoue and a closing panel discussion with principals and Professors-in-Residence. Panelists answered questions and offered advice and lessons learned for teams in earlier stages of forming school-university partnerships.


Contact Us

For more information about the workshop:

Erica Gilbertson

For information about registration:

Beth Massey