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Professional Development School Network

Since 1989 the College of Education has entered into projects with Kansas school districts to establish mutually beneficial partnerships. Our network includes K-12 districts and schools who host our candidates in rigorous, carefully sequenced field experiences and collaborate as we conduct and disseminate research examining critical questions facing educators today.

College of Education faculty, K-12 teachers and administrators work together toward our goals of providing an exemplary education for public school students of Kansas while making Kansas State University a national leader in teacher preparation.

The Kansas State Professional Development School Network was awarded the 2011 Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award from the National Association of Professional Development Schools.

  • A comprehensive mission that is broader in its outreach and scope than the mission of any partner and that furthers the education profession and its responsibility to advance equity within schools and, by potential extension, the broader community;
  • A school–university culture committed to the preparation of future educators that embraces their active engagement in the school community;
  • Ongoing and reciprocal professional development for all participants guided by need;
  • A shared commitment to innovative and reflective practice by all participants;
  • Engagement in and public sharing of the results of deliberate investigations of practice by respective participants;
  • An articulation agreement developed by the respective participants delineating the roles and responsibilities of all involved;
  • A structure that allows all participants a forum for ongoing governance, reflection, and collaboration;
  • Work by college/university faculty and P–12 faculty in formal roles across institutional settings; and
  • Dedicated and shared resources and formal rewards and recognition structures (What It Means to be a Professional Development School).