School districts in the Northern Illinois region
have determined that professional development schools are valuable for their
students and their teachers. Expansion of the model, which is customized for
each district and school, is continuing rapidly.
NIU PDS sites are operating in the six school
districts listed at the left.
Key benefits for the school districts partnering with NIU include the following:
Improve academic student achievement through excellent co-teaching
Increase opportunities and resources for differentiated instruction, tutoring and instructional supports
Implement best teaching practices with immediate feedback for all learners
Increase professional development for all teachers
Prepare teacher candidates who enter the workforce ready to meet the demands of teaching with experience as professionals
Collaborate between professionals in the field and at the university level
Infuse RtI, data-based decision making, and best practices at all levels of teaching and learning
Create processes that enhance our ability to monitor progress towards district and building goals
One of the most important benefits is the positive effect the PDS has on students. The PDS model provides the extra help needed to reach their potential, preparing them to contribute to our global society.