The National Association for Professional Development Schools advances the education profession by providing leadership, advocacy and support to sustain professional development schools as learning communities that improve student learning, prepare educators through clinical practice, provide reciprocal professional development, and conduct shared inquiry.
A Professional Development School (PDS) is a collaboratively planned and implemented partnership for the academic and clinical preparation of interns and the continuous professional development of both school system and institution of higher education (IHE) faculty. The focus of the PDS partnership is improved student performance through research-based teaching and learning. A PDS may involve a single or multiple schools, school systems and IHEs and may take many forms to reflect specific partnership activities and approaches to improving both teacher education and PreK-12 schools.
The purpose of the PDS is based on three key principles:
Belvedere Elementary School/Partnership was established in 2000.
Belvedere Elementary school is in Anne Arundel County, as a part of the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. It has 530 students in Grades Pre-K to Grade 5. Demographics of the school include 6% Black, 11% Hispanic, 4% Asian, 70% White, 7% Multi-Race and 2% Other. Belvedere includes Pre-K through grade 5, with ACC – Primary and ACC – Intermediate (Special Education programs).
The Broadneck High/Notre Dame partnership was established in 2001.
Broadneck High School is located on the suburban Broadneck Peninsula and in walking distance to the Magothy River and Chesapeake Bay. Broadneck High School is one of twelve high schools in the Anne Arundel County Public School district. Broadneck serves approximately 2,191 students in grades 9-12. Demographics of the school include 1079 (49%) Male, 1112 (51%) female; 1617 (74%) White, 128 multi-racial (6%), 205 (9%) Hispanic, 64 (3%) Asian/ PI, 167 (8%) African American, 10 (<5%) American Indian/ Alaskan Native. Special programs and clubs at the school include the following: AVID, PBIS, Performance and Visual Arts Magnet Program, the Marching Band, Envirothon Club, Recycling Club, Bay Ambassadors and Recycled Runway Club.
The John Ruhrah Elementary &Middle School/Notre Dame partnership was established in 2010.
John Ruhrah is located in the heart of Baltimore City and is part of the Baltimore City Public School System. It has 884 students in grades PreK – 8 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. Demographics of the school include 86% Special Education, 50% male, 50% female, 92% White, 86% Hispanic, 5% Black, 2% Native Indian, .5% combined Asian, Native Hawaiian or other. Special programs at the school include SABAS, Title I, Arts Every Day, EBLO, Judy Center, Community School, and Bayview Healthy Heart.
The Medfield Heights /Notre Dame partnership was established in 2003.
Medfield Heights Elementary is located in Baltimore City, as is part of Baltimore City Public Schools. It has 387 students in grades PreK-5. Demographics of the school include 51% male, 49% female; 39% Black, 4% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 40% White, and 6% Other. Special programs at the school include the following: GAL, STEAM, and ESOL.
The Western High/Notre Dame partnership was established in 2010.
Western High School was founded in 1844, and is a preparatory, high school serving young women who reside in Baltimore City. This 2009 National Blue Ribbon School has a rigorous curriculum that challenges students to be intelligent, insightful, and involved in the world around them. It also fosters the development of school and community leadership among its students. Western High is located 2 miles from the university in Baltimore City and is part of Baltimore City Public Schools. It is a citywide high school which means that middle school students throughout the City school system can apply to attend Western for high school. Western has 1,086 students in grades 9-12 and 57 teachers. Demographics of the school include 100% female; 89% Black, 4% Hispanic, 5% White, and 2% Other. One hundred percent of the students qualify for FARMS. ELLs account for 1% of the population and 2% of the population includes students with disabilities.
The Notre Dame/Hillcrest PDS partnership was established in 2003.
Hillcrest Elementary is located in the Southwest region of the Baltimore County Public School system. The school serves approximately 714 students. The demographic breakdown of the school includes 57.8% White, 11.3% African American, 11.3 % Hispanic, 19.8% Other. Approximately 24 % of students receive free and reduced meals and 12.7 % of students receive special education services.
The Notre Dame/Johnnycake PDS partnership was established in 2009.
Johnnycake Elementary is a Title I school located in the Southwest region of the Baltimore County Public School system, bordering Baltimore City. It represents a highly diverse community. The school serves approximately 724 students and the numbers at the school continue to grow rapidly. The demographic breakdown of the school includes 6% White, 68% African American, 16 % Hispanic, 10% Other. Approximately 68.6 % of students receive free and reduced meals, and 14 % of students receive special education services.
The Kenwood/Notre Dame of Maryland partnership is the longest-running partnership in the PDS network; it was established in 2001.
Kenwood High School is located in Baltimore County and is part of Baltimore County Public Schools. Kenwood serves approximately 1649 students in grades 9-12. It has a 60% minority enrollment, serves 297 students with IEPs and 989 students with 504 plans.
The Notre Dame/Lansdowne PDS partnership was established in 2016.
Lansdowne Elementary is a Title I school located in the Southwest region of the Baltimore County Public School system and borders Baltimore City. It represents a highly diverse community with a large ESOL population and a highly transient student population. The school serves approximately 624 students. The demographic breakdown of the school includes 40% White, 22% African American, 23 % Hispanic, and 13.1% Other. Approximately 74% of students receive free and reduced meals, 15.1 % of students receive special education services, and 11.9 % of students receive ESOL services.
The Notre Dame/Stemmers Run partnership was established in 2009.
Stemmers Run Middle School is located in northeast Baltimore County and is part of the Baltimore County Public School system. It serves approximately 795 students in grades 6-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1.
The Woodlawn High/Notre Dame partnership was established in 2013.
Woodlawn High is located in northwest Baltimore County, as is part of Baltimore County Public Schools. It serves approximately 1656 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. Demographics of the school include 56% mal; 44% female; 78% Black, 12% Hispanic, 6% Asian, 3% White, and 1% Other. Special programs at the school include the following: AVID, ROTC, PBIS School, SPARCC, Project Lead the Way, Robotics & Engineering Magnet Program, Teacher Academy of Maryland, and an Early College Access Program.
The Church Creek/Notre Dame partnership was established in 2012.
Church Creek Elementary School, is a community-based school, proudly serving Belcamp and surrounding neighborhoods. CCES opened in 1994 and received an addition in 2003. Approximately 697 students attend CCES and include the following demographics: 40% FARMS, 15.5% Students with Disabilities, 5% ELs, and 5% Military Families. The closed-spaced, grade-level classrooms are clustered into primary and intermediate grade level pods around a large common area. CCES is committed to the emotional and developmental needs of their students, providing ongoing opportunities for collaborative academic and social experiences. CCES is proud of monthly House Days, which bring students together across grade levels for team building and service to the school and community.
The Notre Dame/Clemens Crossing PDS partnership was established in 2021
Clemens Crossing Elementary School serves 550 students in grades Kindergarten-5. The student-teacher ratio is 14:1 and Minority enrollment is 50% of the student body (Publicschoolreview.com). The PDS Coordinating Council is the governing body that coordinates all partnership activities and opportunities.
The Notre Dame/Long Reach PDS partnership will be established in 2022-2023.
Long Reach High School serves approximately 1,632 students in grades 9-12. The student-teacher ratio is 14:1 and Minority enrollment is 74% of the student body (Publicschoolreview.com).
The PDS Coordinating Council is the governing body that coordinates all partnership activities and opportunities. The Council meets a minimum of four times each year.
The PDS serves all initial certification programs offered at NDMU including Undergraduate, BMAT, MAT, GEI, and ACT students. Each internship consists of 100 days. Interns are placed with highly qualified mentors recommended by the site coordinator and approved by the principal.