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Professional Development Schools and Social Justice: Schools and Universities Partnering to Make a Difference


We believe that for urban schools to meet their goals and mission — in the way the DECA is modeling — takes a partnership among many stakeholders. One such partnership that supports DECA, and might buttress other schools and students — and simultaneously help to enact a social justice ideal — is a school-university connection. DECA was founded as a Professional Development School (PDS), with the school and university developing a reciprocal relationship with a shared focus on the preparation of new teachers, the enhancement of high school students' achievement, school and university faculty members' professional development, and collaborative inquiries aimed at improving instructional practices for all of the educators involved.

In this chapter, we will describe our Midwestern university's response to two social justice issues: the lack of support for urban students to be ready for college; and the issue of teacher quality in urban schools. DECA explicitly endeavors to respond to the dearth of educational opportunities for city youth. As well, as a PDS, DECA serves the university and our profession as a site for preparing the next generation of urban teachers. Our partnership relies on a PDS framework and a social justice approach to impact students' access to learning and to develop quality educators through learning communities. Using the lenses of the Marianist Catholic tradition and the PDS mission, here we will frame our social justice stance. We will specifically describe the revamping of two critical courses in the teacher education program with the goal of enacting social justice through developing effective teachers for urban settings.

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Chapter 10 is made available for download with the permission of the author. Permission from the publisher is currently pending. Permission documentation is on file. Citation information for the book:

Bowman, C., Collopy, R. M. B., Bentley, J., Cameron, E., & Taylor, D. A. (2013). Urban PDS Partnership: Preparing Teachers for Social Justice. In K. Zenkov, D. G. Corrigan, R. S. Beebe, and C. R. Sell (Eds.), Professional Development Schools and Social Justice: Schools and Universities Partnering to Make a Difference. New York: Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2013.


Lexington Books

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New York, NY