The Board of Directors of SCPDS have recommended the cancellation of the 9th Annual Conference in consideration of the current health concerns related to the

COVID-19 virus.

If you have already registered, check your email for a letter from the president, Elizabeth Brown, regarding refunds

The Ninth  Annual
Professional Development Schools Conference Has Been Canceled

​Leading Through Partnerships: A Vision for 2020 and Beyond

March 20-21, 2020

Keynote Speaker

Call for Award Nominations (Due by 12/31/19)

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

Submit a nomination letter by email to Antoinette Dodge, Awards Chairperson, at,  and cc Elizabeth Brown, SCPDS President at  You will receive confirmation of application within 48 hours of submission.  Award nominations must be submitted by January 15, 2020 to be considered.  The announcement of awards will be formally made at the Southern California Professional Development Schools conference on March 21, 2020 at California Lutheran University.  Award winners will be notified by February 15, 2020.  Award winners will receive two free registrations to the conference; winners must fund their own transportation and lodging.

Nominations must be made by current SCPDS members.
Individuals may only make one nomination in each category.

The letter must include:

Name, place of employment, phone number and email of person making the recommendation.

Name, place of employment, phone and email of nominee.

SCPDS Exemplary Cooperating Teacher

This award is designed to honor an exemplary cooperating or mentor 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 and work directly to support teacher candidates.  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 PDS 9 Essentials CLICK HERE FOR 9 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.

Friday 3/20/20: (8:30am-3:00pm) will consist of visits to last year’s Exemplary PDS Award winning schools ending with a debrief session and networking meeting. Light breakfast in morning and lunch provided during the debrief session (you will need your own transportation).

Saturday 3/21/20 (8:30am-3:30pm) will be a full day conference sponsored by the Graduate School of Education of California Lutheran University with breakout sessions and speakers.  Focus will be on high quality partnerships between universities and P-12 schools, providing ongoing professional development to veteran teachers, using inquiry to improve practice and increasing P-12 student achievement. Light breakfast and luncheon included.

Call for Presentation Proposals (DUE BY 12/31/2019)
We are calling for proposals for paper presentations, workshops and panel sessions that are related to teacher education through school/university partnerships including but not limited to: clinical practice, co-teaching, mentoring, partnership models, teaching strategies, residency models and best practices in special education.  Proposals will be peer reviewed by an SCPDS committee.  Concurrent sessions will likely be 45-60 minutes depending on final conference schedule.  Submit your proposal online by CLICKING THIS LINK

Dr. Edlyn Peña is the Chair, Director, and Associate Professor of the Education Leadership doctoral program at Cal Lutheran. She is an award-winning researcher who studies ways to support autistic students in the preschool through higher education pipeline. Her edited book, “Communication Alternatives in Autism” (2019), features ten prominent autistic individuals who advocate for communication and inclusion rights.  As a scholar and director of the Autism and Communication Center, Dr. Peña’s service to the autism community has reached international audiences