What is the Professional Development System?
PDS is a system of relationships among the Watson College of Education and over 146 schools (including three early colleges and two charter schools). PDS improves the quality of teacher and administrator preparation and performance through rigorous admissions standards and an array of professional experiences, including site-based seminars and a coaching and supervision model that involves pairing interns with trained partnership teachers.
The Watson College of Education Professional Development System partnership serves a twelve county region (including the Department of Defense) in southeastern North Carolina. The partnership is intensive in that it collaborates with districts in placing student interns, providing critical professional development, developing research, designing grants and initiatives, helping redesign our teacher education programs, building quality teaching capacity, valuing reciprocity, engaging in reflective practice and building a community of learners. The map below pictures the districts in our WCE Professional Development System.