Our PDS is governed by a set of Bylaws that have been approved by our Professional Development School Advisory Council:
The name of the organization shall be the SUNY Cortland School of Education Professional Development School (PDS) Consortium.
The Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership between the SUNY Cortland School of Education and participating schools includes collaboration among college administrators, faculty, staff, PK-12 school administrators, teachers, and teacher candidates in order to promote the following:
Members of the Professional Development School (PDS) Consortium are those elementary schools where the school personnel and SUNY Cortland’s School of Education faculty, staff and teacher candidates work in partnership to facilitate high levels of learning of all children enrolled in the schools. Membership in the PDS Consortium includes all participants in PDS sites (school faculty and staff and college faculty, staff and teacher candidates).
The work of the PDS Consortium will be led, supported and facilitated by the PDS Coordinator or Co-coordinators and the PDS Advisory Council.
The PDS Advisory Council is defined as a group of designated representatives (liaisons) from several PDS partner schools that meet at regularly scheduled times to discuss issues related to the PDS Consortium, establish policy, foster specific PDS Consortium initiatives and provide an essential communication link with SUNY Cortland’s School of Education.
Membership of the PDS Advisory Council includes the Dean of the School of Education, the PDS Consortium Coordinator or Co-coordinators, representatives from PDS school sites and the School of Education. These may include administrators, faculty and staff from both the school sites and the School of Education.
The Professional Development School Consortium shall adhere to the following procedures:
PDS membership shall be governed by a Memorandum of Understanding drafted by the School of Education personnel and school personnel.
PDS Memorandum of Understanding will be renewed each semester with each PDS site.
An Annual Meeting and Conference of the PDS Consortium will be held each year to which all participants in the PDS Consortium will be invited.
The PDS Advisory Council shall meet at least two times during each semester and these meetings will be set by the PDS Coordinator or Co-Coordinators.
Minutes shall be taken for all PDS Advisory Council members and disseminated to the PDS Advisory Council members and the SOE Dean’s Office.
Special meetings of the PDS Consortium or the Advisory Council may be called by the PDS Coordinator(s) or by the SOE Dean.
To convene a regular or special meeting, the Coordinator must notify the PDS members by email, with a proposed agenda, no less than 5 days prior to the meeting.
As per PDS Memorandum of Understanding, college and school partners will adhere to signed agreements which highlight responsibilities of all parties as noted in the agreement.
Those partners who participate in PDS initiatives (i.e. mini grant projects, etc.) will be invited to present their projects at the PDS Consortium Annual Meeting and Conference.