The Professional Development Schools Handbook: Starting, Sustaining, and Assessing Partnerships That Improve Student Learning

`This book will help PDS partners keep their focus on students' need -the core of PDS work, as they take this journey together. It provides concrete suggestions for what PDS partners can do in developing, implementing, and assessing their partnerships, which are framed by the standards and grounded in core concepts' - From the Foreword by Marsha Levine Senior Consultant for Professional Development Schools, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Washington, DC `Lee Teitel's insights are incredibly on target with the issues faced by school and university staff who are now deeply engaged in PDSs. They and others like them across the country will greatly benefit from the work of the author' -V irginia Pilato, Director of Teacher Quality Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore, MD The book is aligned with the Standards for Professional Development Schools, recently released by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The book is organized around the five standards which are Learning Community, Accountability & Quality Assurance, Collaboration, Diversity & Equity, and Structures, Resources, & Roles. This hands-on, comprehensive guide contains a Toolkit in each chapter to take readers through the process step-by-step. The toolkit contains worksheets, inventories, writing prompts, self-assessments, activities, and short case studies with discussion questions.