Professional Development Schools (PDS) are collaborative planning partnerships between BSU professional education programs and P-12 schools. The faculty in each PDS partnership work with faculty from Ball State to explore and develop initiatives that promote high quality professional development for the teachers in the school, high quality teacher preparation for BSU candidates who work in the school, improved learning and achievement for the students in the school, and research to improve teaching and learning.
There are currently 17 schools in the Ball State PDS Network, with more being added each year. PDS sites include urban and rural settings and provide especially rich experiences for future teachers. It is hoped that eventually all placements of candidates for practicum and student teaching experiences will be in PDS schools. For more information, visit the PDS Web site, or contact Peggy Lewis, Director of the BSU PDS Network, 765-285-3263.
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