A critical preparation initiative for interns, partnership teachers and administrators and WCE faculty is the PDS Orientation. All partners experience a common preparation that orients them to the goals and objectives of PDS and an understanding of the learning-centered model of coaching. Each partner has well-defined roles and responsibilities that overlap in the aspects of collaboration, reflection, serving as intellectual resource, and commitment to professional growth. Each partner has responsibilities specific to that role as well as established evaluation criteria.
The required online PDS Partner Orientation Training for all partners helps ensure that interns have a well-planned experience with partners who understand the systemic nature of the partnership and the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a comprehensive PDS partnership. The orientation also creates a common language that articulates important tenets of the partnership. We recognize that this is only an orientation and that for lasting change to occur we need to have ongoing professional growth opportunities. This ongoing professional development for our learning community occurs through annual conferences, site seminars, coaching cycles, partnering for presenting at conferences and other PDS growth opportunities.