State of Kansas PDS Coalition Meeting
Thursday, May 13, 2010 – 10:00am
KNEA Building Topeka, KS
The meeting was chaired by Sally Yahnke with Teri Albracht as recording secretary.
The chair of the Coalition, Sally Yahnke, introduced herself and welcomed everyone. All
members present introduced themselves: Baker-Amy Wintermantel; Bethany- Eric Hyler;
Emporia State- Lendi Brand; Fort Hays State-Germaine Taggart; Haskell-Jackie Boyd; Kansas
State-Sally Yahnke, Gail Shroyer; MidAmerica Nazarene-Nancy Damron; Ottawa-Amy Hogan,
Jennifer Grossner; Southwestern-Pam Green; KU-Teri Albracht, Nancy Peterson, Karen
Jorgenson; Saint Mary-Eva Williams, Sr. Frances Juiliano; Washburn-Tim Fry; Wichita State-
Janice Ewing, Shirley Lefever-Davis; KSDE-Jeanne Duncan, Susan Helbert.
Amy Wintermantel moved to approve agenda. Nancy Peterson seconded. Approved.
Review of last meeting minutes. Shirley moved to approve minutes. Gail seconded. Approved.
KSDE Updates—Jeanne Duncan
Redesign of InTasc standards-“Race to the Top”. A draft of the standards will be out in July.
Teaching in KS commission says that we are to be responsive to National PDS standards and we
must respond. Later in the meeting we will work in small groups to decide how to be responsive
to the charge.
Presentation by Shirley Lefever-Davis, associate dean at Wichita State University
“PDS: The Simultaneous Renewal of School & University”
Adapted from presentation by: Katherine C. Boles, and Vivian Troen, April 2010
She explained that WSU has been PDS for quite a while, but it was dwindling. WSU is
rethinking “What is a PDS?” and is redesigning their program.
In the presentation, themes/topics covered: history of the PDS movement; Goodlad’s vision of
simultaneous renewal; functions of a PDS; characteristics of a successful PDS; Nine Essentials
of a PDS.
Comments about creating a PDS: Sally—At K-State 1989—we didn’t know what it was.
Standards out in 90’s. There is not a formula—just standards. Just do it. (Nike) You will make a
difference. Education of all children—we are preparing candidates to make a difference so they
can help all kids.
Small Group Work—Jeanne Duncan
Standards Table—Current practice, future plans, challenges
-We will be learning from each other today in small groups. There is not one right way to have a
PDS partnership. All partnerships will be different across institutions.
-Diversity is important and this is looked at by the state
-State Board has mandated that we address the PDS standards. Nothing has been decided at this
time. This standards table is hopefully the first step for the board. The state board can see that
each school is responding to the charge of being examined by PDS standards.
PDS is no longer voluntary, but is required.
-Program approval process will not include examination of PDS, but involvement of institutions
in partnership with the community is a must. Part of what you do for PDS fits with NCATE
-In small groups, talk about what we have that is formal and how we continue to grow. “How do
we work with P-12 institutions?
-There is not necessarily a perfect PDS. It is different according to community and size of
institution. Some do PDS things, but it is not “formal.”
Small Group discussions:
Group #1 Discussion/Conversation Summary:
Standard 4 – Should we include classes that include diversity? The more clarity the better. Yes,
include coursework to verify level of diversity. Gives them a clearer picture of what you do and
what all candidates are exposed to.
Group 1 figuring out what we are doing well that fit standards. How much can you expect of
schools and the university? Discussed addition of use of technology—such as blogs. Payments to
people who are part of PDS.
When will the funding come for PDS? Collaboration and partnerships are driven by money.
How do we do this rather than just going on good will of people.
Is there a grant the coalition can write? We did have state funding at one point. We were given
funds. When money went away the partnerships went away. KState has a clinical instructor at
every school. Paid by KSU and some partly through the district. They work part-time for K-State
with some release time from classroom. Or paid a stipend and then have a student teacher to
help with work load. Required to come to KSU twice a month to work with Sally and Gail. They
supervise and help make program decisions. They do weekly seminars with student teachers and
problem solve. They go to each classroom once a day. Co-teach methods course. Each school is
unique. Started with Goodlad and then included Holmes. Clinical Instructors at 20 PDS schools.
Middle schools—each district has 1. Pay replacement cost. School chooses the Clinical
Instructor. Take on leadership roles in their schools. Take back ideas from the K-State
meetings/monthly professional development days. K-State has turned faculty positions into the
clinical instructors at the schools. It was initially an institutional decision with support from both
parties—KSU and school. But you can start small!! At the school some clinical supervisors are
part time teachers, or they take on other roles like assistant principal—they all have to start as
classroom teachers. Hard to do PDS without faculty but we follow this to keep PDS working.
Develop the partnership so the partner is strong with or without money. Should pay teachers
more to be clinical supervisors.
Group #2 Discussion/Conversation Summary
Shared ideas and what models looked like and problems.
Thankful there is not a cookie cutter and we can customize to our needs.
How to insure the master teachers are also good mentors? How do you train mentors? Cognitive
coaching at Mid America Nazarene.
Mandate to form partnerships. How do we get schools to be a PDS when they fear it will
interfere with their plans to address NCLB. Do schools see the benefits of partnering? This
coalition could address this with the board. Possibly if we get involved their scores could go up
once the are in the partnership. How can smaller institutions get in the door?
We have to think out of the box particularly for small institutions. It would be nice to have funds
to get started from State Board.
Recommend that schools are open to partnerships to see what it has to offer for them without
interfering with what is already in place.
Formal Agreement—not necessarily required. Should want something that states what you
expect and provides continuity beyond the life of the individuals.
Schools see benefits. Board could help communicate this to schools that are not partners.
All of this work is about improving the profession. Communicate that they (schools) are essential
to preparing future professionals.
KSU works with districts to develop IEP points. Each district has this worked out and how you
get them. You have to co-teach, do book studies with them, etc. (Part of roles and
responsibilities so they can earn credit for preparing new teachers.)
Most important is to develop real collaboration. Meet with superintendents, principals, teachers,
etc. They helped craft it. KState did not develop and then go in and say we want you to do this.
Make aware of goals, study standards, and see how they develop a plan to make work.
Not all KSU placements are in PDS partner schools.
Partners usually develop with an informal partnership. It has to begin at a grassroots level before
going to a formal process.
NCATE PDS standards book. In the back there is a rubric that gives guidelines for how to start.
Needs of P-12 students must be at the center of everything the PDS’s do. This is indicated in the
samples at back of the book. Themes: P-12 needs, and more. Very helpful document.
Group #3 Discussion/Conversation Summary
Themes of conversation: Purposeful communication. Informal, but lots of avenues for
communication. Brown bags, after school meetings, common readings, summer institute, book
studies: how people learn.
Importance of collaboration. Must have equality. Can not tell teachers what to do, but approach
it as, “we need your help.” Approach with this attitude to begin partnerships.
Joint research. Increase knowledge base.
Boundaries. Who is responsible for what? Both should be responsible for some aspects.
Diversity—faculty, candidates, students, broaden definition of diversity. Think outside the box.
Find creative ways to expose to various diversity.
Can’t be in all one school—this does not provide diversity.
Faculty has to understand diversity better at the university level.
Compensation and incentives for teachers and university faculty. Graduate credit, IPD points,
reward structures for faculty.
Jeanne: Go back, look at table, make revisions, and email to Jeanne in two weeks. Keep it and
revisit it annually. This will continue to be a topic whenever we meet.
Chair Elect: need one from a private institution to follow sally after the 2010-2011 school year.
We will elect someone at the next meeting. You need not be present to get volunteered.
We are all a part to the coalition. Some representation is expected from each institution at the
meetings. How often should we meet and where? In the past we have done summer half day,
polycon has been tried, and lately the coalition has been meeting twice a year.
A suggestion was made to combine with another conference for our meeting time. Oct. 25-27 is
the KSDE conference in Wichita. Jeanne is not available then. KATE meets once in fall and
spring. Thursday day in conjunction with this meeting would work.
If the coalition meets in conjunction with the KSDE conference, it would make us visible to
schools. The coalition could meet on Wednesday, Oct. 27 in the afternoon. If someone from
coalition presents at the conference, we could request that they present on Wednesday.
We could have a panel discussion at next meeting. Do we have a school that would want to be
there? Topic idea: “How do we train mentor teachers?”
What is the purpose of our meeting? With the state board it is important to have a meeting set
aside. At meetings, we could focus on various topics: mentoring, needs of institutions, share
sessions about program, planning conference, contractual agreements, action research.
October meeting—could plan for presenting at the National PDS Conference. Next conference is
in New Orleans on March 10-13, 2011.
Jeanne distributed information from the 2010 National PDS Conference. The information is
from Penny Longhofer about the sessions that she attended. (handout)
Shirley—we have a conference twice a year and tied to other conferences. If Coalition can meet
even twice a year, it does show our value. With Board mandate, important we have a viable
Next Coalition Meeting
Next Coalition meeting will be Wed. Oct. 27 at 3:30 at the hotel of the KSDE conference.
Add spring KSDE date to minutes. Will know in June what that date is. In the spring either
KATE or KAPCOTE (Kansas Association of Private Colleges of Teacher Education) meet.
More people show at the fall conference. Spring was sparsely attended this year (KATE).
The KSDE Conference is Oct. 26-27. Proposals are due May 15. PDS wanted to have something
at Annual Conference. Is there something that someone wants to present? It could be the
coalition, rather than an institution. Group informally decided to present as a coalition.
Proposal is 150 words. Together the group prepared a proposal. A presentation is 50 minutes.
Topic: What is a meaningful PDS Partnership?
“A panel of IHE and LEA faculty and administrators representing the Kansas
Coalition of PDS will hold a discussion of key points relative to an effective PDS model.”
Presentation will explain what a PDS school is and the history of PDS. Then school partners will
share what the benefits are to them—what PDS had done for their school. Also have a former
PDS student to get the perspectives from a variety of places so participants can see the benefits
and see that not all PDS are the same.
Who has PDS partners that could help present? Ottawa-1, KU- 1 or 2, WSU, St. Mary’s. Sally
and Gail will be the lead for the conference.
State PDS Coalition Website: http://kansaspds.soe.ku.edu/