Office of Field Experiences
PDS Network Coordinator – a university-supported position. The PDS Network
Coordinator organizes all network activities including but not limited to the following:
- Bimonthly PIR meetings
- Regular email communication to inform PIRs of current professional development
- Opportunities for themselves and the staff in their PDSs
- Annual celebration of PDS accomplishments
- Prepares contracts for individual PDSs
- Organizes meetings of the PDS Network Advisory Council
- Coordinates events for individual PDS at the university
- Assists in organizing PD workshops at the university and in network schools
Professors in Residence (PIRs) – full-time and adjunct university faculty who spend a
minimum of one day per week in a PDS assisting school leadership teams in meeting
their annual goals for school improvement and who work with individual teachers in their
classrooms on best practices. PIRs coordinate placements of university candidates in
their PDS and recommend innovative teachers in their schools to conduct workshops
and teach at the university. In addition to conducting workshops, modeling and serving
as a catalyst for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in their PDS they serve as
the communications liaison between the PDS and the university.
PDS Advisory Council – the purpose of this group is to build a sustainable network that
improves communication, evaluates effectiveness, provides for systematic sharing and
disseminates innovative practice. This council serves as an advisor to the PDS
Network; it meets meeting a minimum of twice annually to reflect on the mission of the
network, PDS goals and activities, and ways to improve communication and celebrate
School-based Leadership Teams – all PDSs have school-based leadership teams and
PIRs serve as members of these teams and or the Professional development
Committees within each PDS. These teams/committees set the priorities within the
school and provide a focus for professional development for that year.
District Liaisons – often there is a person at the district level who helps to coordinate
PDS involvement in that district. In some cases all schools within a district may be a
PDS. District liaisons are very involved in all common grant applications and overall
changes in a district related to curriculum, etc.
Co-teaching Faculty - PDS-based teachers and university faculty co-teach in the PDSs.
Specifically, a course titled, Literacy and Learning, has been co-taught for more than 6
years with several PDS partners. PDS teachers are paid by the university to serve as
faculty in this co-teaching model.
Cooperating and Collaborating Teachers – PDS-based teachers who welcome students
from the university into their classrooms for of variety of field experiences including the
Observations, class visits, tutoring, practicum, student teaching and residencies