We are proud and honored to announce:

The Buffalo State Professional Development Schools Consortium (PDS) received the 2013 Spirit of Partnership Award at this year’s NAPDS National Conference held in New Orleans from February 13 - February 17, 2013.

On behalf of University of South Carolina, who makes this annual award, Bruce Field stated three significant reasons why Buffalo State’s PDS was receiving this year’s award.

The award which began in 2006 is given by the University of South Carolina’s Conference Planning Team every year to a PDS partnership that has made a significant contribution to the building and sustaining of PDSs through its consistent support of the PDS National Conference.  Dr. Field stated, “Buffalo State clearly fits that description, as you and your colleagues have been ever-present participants in the conference for quite some time. But it’s not just about showing up; it’s also about making a meaningful impact. Your partnership’s work through the years has been impressive, but I think in recent years you have gone above and beyond in what you provide the national (and international!) PDS community. Your focus on preparing the next generation of educators for the global community has Buffalo State out front in our collective effort to carry the PDS message across international boundaries.” The Buffalo State PDS has established and collaborated with two International PDS’s, one in Santiago, Chile under the leadership of Dr. Pixita del Prado Hill and the other in Lusaka, Africa under the leadership of Dr. Hibajene Shandomo.  And third, “related to that initiative is your bringing that next generation of educators to the table so they will not only be prepared for the ever-changing world but will also step into leaderships roles when our generation passes on the torch of collaboration.”  It was through the suggestion of Buffalo State’s PDS Co-Director, Leslie Day, that teacher candidates were invited to the National Conference to share their research through poster sessions and with concurrent presentations with their mentoring college faculty. 

Seventeen members of our PDS Consortium traveled to New Orleans to contribute their professional knowledge through several different workshops, poster sessions, and presentations.  They were all invited to take the stage to receive the Spirit of Partnership Award.  Leslie Day gave the acceptance remarks and expressed appreciation on behalf of the entire PDS Consortium.

For more information please contact Leslie Day at 878-5935 or 868-2079,, or contact:

Dr. Bruce E. Field, Executive Director, School-University Partnerships and Clinical Experiences, College of Education, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC 29208.   (803) 777-3029;