Regional Professional Development School Mission Statement

The mission of the RPDS to provide a learning community to improve practice and enhance student achievement in Pre-K-12 public schools. The RPDS provides professional development for classroom teachers and Salisbury University faculty. The Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies partners with seven counties to provide preparation for prospective teachers enrolled in early childhood, elementary, secondary and K-12 programs in physical education, music, ESOL and TESOL at Salisbury University.

SU Sends a Delegation to the National PDS Conference

Among the nearly 1000 educators attending the National Association for Professional Development Schools’ annual conference in New Orleans in February were 15 from SU, including seven interns and two public school teachers.  Together, they made a total of eleven presentations including one that was the second most attended session (out of more than 350) of the entire conference. 

2013 marks the 9th consecutive year that SU has presented at the NAPDS conference and the 6th year in a row that SU interns have presented their action research to a national audience.  SU is one of only two institutions to have captured both the Spirit of Partnership (2009) and Exemplary PDS Achievement Award (2011) at NAPDS.  Assistant Professor Ron Siers serves as lead editor of the organization’s magazine, PDS Partners, and RPDS Coordinator Stacie Siers is on her second term as NAPDS secretary.

SU Earns Exemplary NAPDS 'Professional Development School Achievement'  Award

SALISBURY, MD (Thursday, March 17, 2011)---

Salisbury University has earned national kudos for its teaching partnerships with Worcester County Public Schools.

The University was honored with the 2011 Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award from the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS). Only five campuses across the country were recognized.

The work of the people involved in the Worcester Cluster has set the bar for SU’s other partnerships and for PDS programs statewide and nationally,” said Dr. Dennis Pataniczek, dean of the Samuel W. & Marilyn C. Seidel School of Education & Professional Studies.  “After spending a couple of hours at Snow Hill Elementary School, I was blown away by the seamless collaboration between interns and mentors.”


NAPDS Spirit of Partnership Award