Greetings! We are delighted that you have taken the time to peruse the Professional Development System (PDS) website. For the past 18 years, the Watson College of Education at UNCW has been committed to developing and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships with P-12 schools. We initiated this partnership with the belief that we can only sustain reform efforts in public schools if teacher education programs are informed by research but grounded in the real work of public schools. Our colleagues in public schools are phenomenal. They support our student teachers, model best practices, and advocate for quality public education. Since I have been a faculty member in Watson, I have been touched by the dedication of teachers, administrators, and other school personnel. They want what is best for young people and so do we. This partnership allows us to work together to define what “best” is and to explore ways that we might all contribute to the creation of educational experiences that inspire young people to investigate, question, and study the world around them. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent, we also are intensely aware of the need to prepare our students to live and work in a world where borders have been, for all practical purposes, erased with new communication technologies. For this reason, we are also committed to nurturing our relationships with several schools abroad—in Belize, Costa Rica, and South Africa.
Partnerships are dependent on the establishment of common goals, reciprocity, and collaborative work. But, they also require compassion, empathy, and integrity. We have entered into each partnership with genuine support for the work that P-12 educators do, with an understanding that such work is challenging, and knowing that we must enter into collaborations with honesty and sincerity. Together, we can educate, nurture, and inspire the next generation of leaders.
Donyell L. Roseboro, Ph. D.