PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOLS

PDS MISSION STATEMENT

  

PDS

Mission

Statement

School of Education

Buffalo State College

  (Based on the NCATE PDS Mission and Partnership Standards)

The Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership between the School of Education at Buffalo State College and participating schools is a collaborative effort.  The partnership is dedicated to college faculty, school administrators, practicing teachers, teacher candidates, and PreK-6th grade learners as we explore effective practices to:

(1) cooperatively supervise teacher candidates and provide closer connections to authentic classroom practice

(2) promote professional development for inservice teachers, college faculty and administrators; 

(3) improve young student learning; and

(4) research best practices for the education of all partners.

 

Professional Development School (PDS) Consortium By-Laws

Fall 2006

(Proposed Amendments approved by Advisory Council and presented for Consortium Partners’ approval on 9/29/06)

   

Article I

 Name 

The name of the organization shall be the Buffalo StateProfessional Development School (PDS) Consortium.  

Article II

  Mission Statement 

The Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership between the Department of Elementary Education and Reading at Buffalo State College and participating schools is a collaborative effort.  The partnership is dedicated to college faculty, school administrators, and practicing teachers exploring effective practices to (1) cooperatively supervise preservice teachers and provide closer connections to classroom practice; (2) promote professional development for inservice teachers; (3) improve student learning; and (4) research the problems of educational practice.   

Article III

  Members 

Members of the Professional Development School (PDS) Consortium are those elementary schools (or an alliance of schools in the same district) where the school(s) and Buffalo State College personnel work in partnership to facilitate high levels of learning by all children enrolled in the school(s). Members shall also include those colleges which are jointly registered with Buffalo State College.

Article IV

  Roles, Responsibilities, Qualifications, Terms and Method of Selection

The Director or Co-Directors

PDS Consortium

Liaison Committee

PDS Advisory Council

a.       The Director of the PDS shall:

(1)   Be appointed by the Chair of The Department of Elementary Education and Reading

(2)   Furnish leadership for the PDS Consortium

(3)   Act as a liaison between the department and the consortium

(4)   Coordinate meetings in conjunction with the PDS Advisory Council

Term of Office

(5)   The term of office for the Director of the PDS shall be continued based on the recommendation of the Chair of the Elementary Education and Reading Department

b.      The Co-Director of the PDS Shall:

(1)   Be voted on by the PDS Consortium members

(2)   Furnish leadership for the PDS Consortium

(3)   Act as a liaison between the department and the consortium

(4)   Coordinate meetings in conjunction with the PDS Advisory Council

Term of Office

(5)   The term of office for the Co-Director of the PDS shall be three years.

2.      PDS Consortium

a.       The PDS Consortium is defined as a group of designated representatives (liaisons) from several PDS schools that meet at regularly scheduled times to discuss issues related to the PDS program, establish policy, foster specific PDS initiatives, provide an essential communication link with Buffalo State College and jointly registered colleges, and raise and/or allocate available funds for various initiatives. 

b.      Membership of the PDS Consortium includes the Dean of the School of Education as ex officio member; the Chair of the Elementary Education and Reading Department from Buffalo State College (or designated person with decision making power from the college); one representative from the Educational Foundations Department (as appointed by its Chair); one representative from the Exceptional Education Department (as appointed by its Chair); and three designated liaisons from each PDS.  These include the Principal (or designated person with decision making power), (2) the Liaison Committee Coordinator (or designated person with decision making power), and (3) the BSC college faculty member (or designated person with decision making power). Further, all Buffalo State faculty including Student Teacher supervisors, adjuncts, student members, and jointly registered faculty from other colleges are also welcome participants of the PDS Consortium.

3.      Liaison Committee

a.       Liaison Committee is defined as a group of designated representatives from a PDS whose purpose is to assist in the coordination of activities relative to teacher education and school renewal.  The liaison committee is assigned responsibility for disseminating the concerns, decisions and/or actions of the Advisory Council and of their specific PDS staff within their own school; assists in the identification of teacher education resource persons in the school or district; participates in scheduling JPs in the school; and contributes to the development of PDS goals.  A Liaison Committee consists of the Principal (or designee), the Liaison Committee Coordinator, additional cooperating teachers as determined by the school, and the college faculty member(s) involved with the school.

4.      PDS Advisory Council

Membership of Advisory Council

a.       PDS Advisory Council is defined as the working group of partners from BSC and the PDS schools, as well as two student members—one representing undergraduate students; one representing graduate students. 

1.      At present, 8 BSC faculty members, 8 PDS School members, 2 BSC students, and a representative from our jointly registered college comprise the advisory council.

Method of Selection

2.      The BSC faculty members will be nominated and voted into their position by their colleagues of the Elementary Education and Reading Department.  Elections for BSC faculty members will be held in September (for terms beginning in September) and December (for terms beginning the following January) each year.

3.      The PDS School members will be nominated and voted into position by the PDS Consortium constituents.  Elections for PDS School members will be held in April (for terms beginning in September) and December (for terms beginning the following January) each year.

4.      The BSC students will be nominated and voted into their position by the PDS Consortium.  Interested students will be given an application and must participate in an interview prior to the vote. The interview will take place with the Advisory Council.

Term of Appointment

1.      The BSC faculty and PDS advisory appointees will have a term of three years, with staggered terms as follows:

4 BSC faculty—staggered terms from January to December

4 BSC faculty—staggered terms from September-August

4 Cons. Members—staggered terms, January to December

4 Cons. Members—staggered terms, September to August

2.      Student representatives will serve three consecutive semesters.

3.      Term of appointment for the representative from the jointly registered college will be determined by that college.

Article V

  Terms of PDS Agreement

1.      As per PDS agreement, partners will adhere to signed agreements which highlight attendance at meetings and other responsibilities (see attached pyramid graphic organizer) as noted in agreement.  PDS sites who are at Stage 3 (“At Standard”) or Stage 4 (“Leading”) must also present either action research projects or samples of best practice at the annual PDS Retreat.

2.      Those partners who receive mini grants from the Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education (CEURE) must present their projects at the PDS Annual Retreat or forfeit their eligibility to obtain mini grants from CEURE thereafter.

   Article VI

Amendments to the By-Laws

1.      Any proposed amendments to the PDS By-Laws must be presented first to the PDS Advisory Council for review.  Once approved by the Advisory Council, the proposed amendment(s) may then be presented to the PDS Consortium for final vote.