PRESS RELEASE: SIDE-BY-SIDE CHARTER, FAIR HAVEN ELEMENTARY, AND QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION WIN NATIONAL AWARD

 
 
For Immediate Release
Contact: Marcy Kiefer-Kennedy, NAPDS president at keiferm1@ohio.edu 
For more information about NAPDS, www.napds.org 
February 29, 2016
 
SIDE-BY-SIDE CHARTER, FAIR HAVEN ELEMENTARY, AND QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION WIN NATIONAL AWARD 
 
The professional development school partnership between Side By Side Charter School, Fair Haven Elementary School, and the Quinnipiac University School of Education has received the Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award. 
 
Presented by the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) at its annual conference in Washington, D.C., on March 3, 2016, the award gives national recognition to outstanding school-university partnerships that shape educator leadership and practice. 
 
The Quinnipiac University PDS partnerships are noted their contributions to educator preparation and enhancing student learning. The focus on English Language Learners and social equity sets this partnership apart from others on the national level.
 
Of their collaborative work the partners say, “…our partnership is vital both to serve the immediate needs of students through excellence in our classrooms, but also to move to action policy changes that can help close the achievement gap and address issues beyond the classroom which deeply affect learning: poverty, hunger, medical care.”
 
NAPDS commends the partnership for the practical experiences that future teachers will gain through immersion in schools where complex issues facing urban education are ongoing. Coupled with the emphasis on social justice and equity, this partnership is uniquely situated to develop future teachers with much needed skillsets.
 
One of only two school-university partnerships recognized nationally this year, the award committee commented, “This partnership is a great example of how the collaborative work of a school-university partnership can dramatically impact the future of education and learning.”
 
Defined by specific characteristics, professional development schools are uniquely positioned to prepare future educators; provide current educators with on-going, job-embedded professional development; encourage joint inquiry of education-related issues; and promote the learning of P-12 students.  The Quinnipiac partnerships are nationally recognized for their exemplary work in the field of education.
 
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