PDS Welcome Letter
Dear PDS Alliance,
Welcome back to the prospects of another great year in education! With all of the political unrest both statewide and nationally, it is reassuring that the care and development of our future remains in the caring hands and hearts of educators!
It is our hope that your summer time away was restful and rewarding. We are looking forward to another great year with our PDS Alliance. So many of our graduating seniors write and email us about their making the “right choice” in selecting PDS schools for their growth and development in student teaching. In fact, many have selected PDS districts and schools in which to take their first-time teaching job. That says a great deal about your commitment and mentoring of these new teachers.
In continuing conversations about the KUPDS program, several suggestions have come forth that bare exploring further. We currently have four PDS Executive Council meetings stretched over the academic calendar year. We have had discussions about how we structure these to be more convenient and meaningful for our members. One suggestion was that we consider meeting in PDS schools where the school can showcase their successful initiatives and allow for principals, teacher liaisons, and university faculty to get in observe and intermingle with staff at a PDS school. This is more in the true spirit of the PDS model of preservice and continuous improvement.
We would like to try two executive council meetings this year in two of our PDS schools if this would work in the best interest of both schools. We are looking for two of our PDS schools to volunteer to host a meeting either on November 10, 2016 or March 13, 2017. We certainly would work together to help plan an agenda and definitely include PDS student interns.
We have included a copy of the KUPDS calendar for the 2016-2017 academic year. Also, we are currently updating the KUPDS website with new and revised information pertaining to our program. Fall elementary placements should be arriving when your teachers come back for the start of their preparation and inservice trainings. Many have been in contact with their supervising teacher since the end of last school year.
We look forward to another great year with our wonderful schools. Please let us know what we can do for you.
Nicole S. Babalola