Eighth Annual
Professional Development Schools Conference

March 22-23, 2019

Pepperdine University

12455 Pacific Coast Hwy

Malibu, California


Call for Award Nomination (CLOSED)

Please consider nominating a colleague or a partnership!  There is no formal application – submit only a letter of recommendation for the award.

Submit a letter of recommendation by email to Dr. Belinda Karge, Awards chairperson, at Belinda.Karge@cui.edu  And cc Elizabeth Brown, SCPDS President at evbrown@callutheran.edu.  You will receive confirmation of application within 48 hours of submission.  Award nominations must be submitted by January 15, 2019 to be considered.  The announcement of awards will be formally made at the Southern California Professional Development Schools conference March 22-23, 2019 at Pepperdine University.  Award winners will be notified by February 15, 2019.  Award winners receive two free registrations to the conference; winners must fund their own transportation and lodging. Nominations must be made by current SCPDS members.

 The letter must include:

1. Name and place of employment of person making the recommendation

2. Phone number and Email of person making the recommendation

3. Name, address, phone and email of nominee. Place of employment

SCPDS Exemplary Teacher

This award is designed to honor an exemplary teacher who has contributed to school-university partnerships.   The narrative for nomination should include strong rationale for receiving the award. Focus can be on any of the following: leadership skills, product-development, lesson creativity, use of research based effective teaching strategies, collaboration skills, technology integration skills and/or overall professionalism. The teacher must be connected to a Professional Development School in some way (i.e. as a student teacher, resident teacher, intern, beginning teacher, cooperating teacher, or veteran teacher).  Explain why this person is exemplary. Describe how this person assists with the PDS relationship. How does this exemplary teacher assist the school where employed in one or more of the Nine PDS Essentials?

 SCPDS Exemplary School-University Partnership Award

This award is given to a P-12 school and university partner currently involved in a Professional Development School partnership. The narrative for nomination should include strong rationale regarding the richness and strength of the partnership. Focus can be on the nominee’s innovation in any of the following:  preparing teacher candidates, sharing resources, reciprocal professional development, impact on P-12 students, mentoring, and/or school reform. One or more of the Nine PDS essentials should be described.

 Please note: Partnership winners will be asked to host a fall event at their site to share the knowledge from the partnership with the SCPDS membership.


This conference is especially suited for:
 P-12  teachers, teaching credential program directors and faculty,  Deans and Assistant Deans,  District Administrators and Principals, University field supervisors and Teacher Candidates

Conference Theme:

Reimagining Equity in School-University Partnerships

The Program

Friday 3/22/19 (8:30am-2:30pm) will consist of visits to Sumac Elementary School and CHIME Charter School.  CHIME is a full inclusion school and partner of California State University Northridge providing fieldwork experiences for candidates becoming both general education and special education teachers.  Sumac is a dual immersion (English-Spanish) school and the PDS partner of Pepperdine University providing fieldwork experiences for candidates becoming elementary teachers.  The morning will begin with a light breakfast and end with a debrief session to discuss best practices and answer questions (lunch provided)

Saturday 3/23/19  (8:30am-3:30pm) will be a full day conference with Presentations and Speakers with focus on, cultural proficiency and equity partnerships between universities and P-12 schools, strategies for mentoring teacher candidates, co-teaching strategies, strategies for Common Core and how cooperating teachers and teacher candidates can better use their partnership to improve P-12 student learning outcomes. Light breakfast and  luncheon included.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Trudy Arriaga

​​Trudy T. Arriaga, EdD, served as the first female superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District for 14 years. Her career in education spanned many roles including,  bilingual paraeducator, teacher, assistant principal, principal, director and superintendent. 
Her talk will focus on core values that ensure equity, access, and opportunity for every child and their family


​​​Call for Presentation Proposals (CLOSED)

We are calling for proposals for paper presentations, workshops and panel sessions that align with our theme or are related to teacher education, clinical practice, co-teaching, or other related PDS partnership work.  Proposals will be peer reviewed by an SCPDS committee.  Concurrent sessions will likely be 45-55 minutes depending on final conference schedule.​