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Professional Development Schools at KU

PDS Students at KCKPS Mock Interview Night

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.

KU PDS Alliance Contacts

Joseph NovakDr. Joe Novak
PDS Director

Joseph R. Pearson 426

Nicole SingletonDr. Nicole S. Babalola
PDS Coordinator

Joseph R. Pearson 349

View the latest PDS recruitment video here.

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$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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