Professional Development Schools Alliance at KU
The KU Professional Development Schools (PDS) Alliance is an active partnership between the KU School of Education and 15 public schools in four school districts surrounding the campus in Lawrence, Kansas. Founded in 1991, our alliance works to provide the following:
- collaborative educator preparation,
- ongoing professional development,
- reflective inquiry, and
- continuous school renewal.
Within these tenets, the Alliance works for collaborative research, training and professional development opportunities for public school educators, university faculty, and teacher education students with the ultimate goal of improving education for all children.
The PDS program at the University of Kansas also provides KU School of Education students an excellent means to be part of a dynamic collaboration of caring and committed educational professionals. Our PDS model ties education coursework with the student teaching, practicum, and internship field experiences. Related coursework is offered on-site at our PDS school locations, taught by KU faculty and professional educators who often collaborate together while blending theory with practice.