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Winthrop University-School Partnership Network
Applications for new schools to join the 2014-2015 Partnership Network will be accepted starting December 1, 2013!
University-School Partnership Network promotes simultaneous renewal
of schools with a focus on student learning and educator
preparation. Engagement in collaborative learning communities takes
place in a
four-tiered network of Professional Development Schools,
Partner Schools, Satellite Schools and
Content Area Assemblies as described
below. More information may be found in the
Partnership Network Presentation.
A Professional Development School (PDS) engages in unique and intense school-university collaboration designed to prepare future educators, provide current educators with ongoing professional development, encourage joint school-university faculty investigations into education-related issues, and promote the learning of P-12 students. The primary qualification of a PDS is its high commitment to this collaborative endeavor; the school may or may not be a school in need of renewal. A PDS is a dedicated school with the majority (2/3) of the school’s teachers committed to the shared mission and willing to support teacher candidates. A significant university presence exists at the school with a university faculty member serving as a Winthrop Faculty-in-Residence for approximately 50% of their workload. PDS faculty members engage in the university through course instruction, partnership governance processes, and special events. The PDS has an identified school liaison (teacher or school leader) to help facilitate partnership-related activity.
Partner Schools engage in school-university collaboration designed to prepare future educators, provide current educators with ongoing professional development, encourage joint school-university faculty investigations into education-related issues, and promote the learning of P-12 students. The school is committed to collaboration; however, there is not necessarily a majority staff commitment to the mission. Nevertheless, there is high interest and the school is in the process of building capacity or may be in waiting to become a PDS. This school has similar benefits as the PDS but will not necessarily have site-based university presence. A university Partnership Coordinator serves as liaison to the Partner Schools and helps facilitate the networking of the Partner Schools with each other, the Professional Development Schools, and the university. Each Partner School has a designated school liaison (teacher or school leader) to help facilitate the partnership-related work.
A Content Area Assembly* consists of a faculty member within a high school or representing a P-12 certification area (such as band directors and foreign language instructors) across schools and districts. This tier of Partnership Network membership provides an opportunity for membership in the Network based specifically on a teaching discipline. The Content Area Assembly applies solely to secondary or P-12 certification fields that may experience challenges to gaining the necessary commitment of the entire school community required for PDS or Partner School tiers. Assemblies engage in collaboration designed to prepare future educators, provide current educators with ongoing professional development, encourage joint school-university faculty investigations into education-related issues, and promote the learning of P-12 students. Participation in a Content Area Assembly requires approval from the faculty member's school principal.
Satellite Schools are sites in a partnering school district where individuals (teachers, school leaders) engage in activities related to Partnership Network goals but school-wide commitment to the partnership collaboration is not possible for various reasons. Some Satellite Schools use this opportunity to build capacity and eventually apply to become a Partner School. This tier of the Partnership Network is designed to include individual teachers or school leaders who have a desire to be involved, have contributions to make, but are not situated in a school that is ready or able to commit to ongoing partnership work. In this case, individuals in a Satellite School often participate in teacher preparation or engage in collaborative professional development but they are not in any way obligated to do so. The Partnership Coordinator facilitates communication and networking opportunities for individuals in Satellite Schools.
Those interested in joining the Partnership should have a strong commitment to the program goals and an eagerness to engage in innovation. Network schools agree to partnership initiatives outlined in Memorandums of Understanding (Professional Development School MOU and Partner School MOU).
1. If needed, interested school faculty and administration can request an information session presented by NetSCOPE staff (not required).
2. Faculty and administration engage in discussions using application materials and selection rubric.
3. If criteria for selection match school goals, faculty and administration complete and submit application materials.
To join a Content Assembly, follow the application process for
* To join a Content Assembly, follow the application process for becoming a Mentor Teacher.
To be submitted online:
To be submitted by email or hard copy to Dr. Paul Horne (email@example.com; see mailing address below)
School Renewal Plan
NetSCOPE | 111 Withers | Rock Hill, SC 29733 | Phone: 803.323.3080 | Fax: 803.323.4369 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org