Professional Development System

Partnership Teachers

Partnership Teachers

PDS Partnership Teachers are P-12 school-based teachers in our PDS who serve as the supervising teacher for a teacher intern during the internship semester. Partnership teachers model classroom practices that support the expectations for the teacher interns they mentor. In collaboration with the PDS Site Coordinator and the University Supervisor, Partnership Teachers review the performance of the candidates, to make decisions about teacher intern readiness for increased responsibilities, and to determine evaluation and final grades. Professional development is provided for Partnership Teachers by Site Coordinators and the PDS Office. Click here to find out more about the role and responsibilities of a PDS Partnership Teacher.

Partnership Teacher Recommendations
Partnership teachers are referred by the Site Coordinator and Principal of their school using the reference link in our Collaborative Portal. To review the criteria for becoming a Partnership Teacher click here.

Partnership Teacher Professional Development
Cognitive Coaching
As part of our ongoing efforts to prepare highly qualified teachers, we require all partnership teachers to complete professional development in Cognitive Coaching. This model, developed by Bob Garmston and Art Costa, is designed to help individuals become self-directed, capable of making independent decisions and engaging in self-reflection that leads to personal growth. In the partnership teacher-teacher candidate relationship we use cognitive coaching to ensure that partnership teachers and university supervisors are using appropriate coaching strategies to nurture future teachers capable of leading in their own classrooms, schools, and the profession.  All new partnership teachers complete 10 hours of online professional development in cognitive coaching. To maintain active status as a partnership teacher, teachers must also attend at least one face-to-face refresher workshop during each three year partnership renewal cycle (our current cycle runs from 2015-2018).

     Partnership Teacher Face-to-Face Workshops (5:00 PM-7:00 PM in EB 162)

Professional Learning Days
During each semester that a Partnership Teacher hosts a UNCW intern, they are also invited to attend a full day of professional development hosted by the Watson College of Education PDS Office. Professional Learning Days provide teachers with the opportunity to collaborate across schools and partnership districts, learn alongside UNCW faculty and community partners, and discuss a variety of issues related to teacher recruitment and retention efforts across our state. In addition, partnership teachers are provided an opportunity to earn document additional hours of participation by reflecting on ways they might implement ideas and strategies generated from the Professional Learning Day. For more information, click here.

2016-2017 Professional Learning Days

  • October 17, 2016
  • March 13, 2017 (EYC and Elementary)
  • March 17, 2017 (Middle and Secondary)

Documentation of Partnership Teacher Participation
In addition to receiving a stipend for completing the role of the primary partnership teacher (defined in our annual Partnership Teacher Agreements), the PDS Office will document up to 40 hours of participation for each teacher hosting a teacher intern. An explanation of hour accrual can be found here.

PDS Collaborative Portal
The WCE Collaborative Portal serves as the “go-to site” to retrieve all information, materials, and tools teachers will need to perform tasks efficiently and effectively as Partnership Teachers. Teachers can access the Collaborative Portal using the link below. If you do not know your username and password, please use the “Forgot” link on the sign in page to retrieve this information using your professional school email. A Portal tutorial can be accessed by clicking here.

Link to Collaborative Portal

Link to Blackboard/Cognitive Coaching Modules