PDSD hosts 5th annual workshop for emerging partnerships in the region
The fifth annual Professional Development Schools (PDS) Workshop took place Oct.24 with an energetic group representing eight different universities and P-12 school districts from the Southeast.
The day began at the Georgia Museum of Art, whereStacey Neuharth-Pritchett, associate dean for academic programs at the UGA College of Education, welcomed participants. Janna Dresden, director of the Office of School Engagement, and Tad MacMillan, principal of Clarke Middle School, related the story of how the Professional Development School District (PDSD) partnership began and how it works. Demond Means, new superintendent of Clarke County Schools (CCSD), described his vision for the future of the partnership.
Participants then visited four schools and had the opportunity to visit an on-site class, observe practicum students in the field, and talk with mentor teachers, UGA faculty, and school administrators. At each site visit, the group was able to observe the different ways the partnership meets the needs of individual schools. Everyone emphasized the importance of building relationships, flexibility, communication, and reflection, which demonstrated the way PDS blends theory and practice.
A working lunch at Clarke Middle School, with delicious food prepared by CCSD culinary arts students, included a presentation by Logan Garrett, UGA on-site instructor in mathematics education, and three of her UGA students. Participants also observed UGA students working with small groups in 8th grade math classrooms .The closing panel brought together six principals and Professors-in-Residence, who discussed the successes and challenges of being involved in PDS schools.