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Professional Development Schools Network

For over 25 years, the Professional Development Schools Network has been an integral part of the educator preparation unit at the University of South Carolina.  With 21 active schools in five Midlands South Carolina school districts, the Network fosters a vibrant partnership which allows us to leverage our partnership expertise to engage in important and impactful work.


The first Professional Development Schools Network meeting at the University of South Carolina was held on October 4, 1990. Since that time, the network has grown and remained a critical component of how we prepare educators in the College of Education. USC has one of the largest and longest-standing Professional Development Schools Networks in the nation.



The PDS Coordinating Council is comprised of three members from each school-the administrator, the clinical adjunct and the university liaison. The coordinating council membership of 63 stakeholders across all the Professional Development Schools, supported by staff from the College of Education, allows for ongoing evaluation and discussion of our work together. 

Co-Chairs are elected from the coordinating council to plan meetings and make executive level decisions about the direction of the PDS Network. The  Coordinating Council meets approximately six times per year. Four of these meetings are hosted at schools in the network, and another meeting is generally held at the National Association for Professional Development Schools Conference.

The USC Professional Development Schools Network currently consists of the following schools:

Bridge Creek
Horrell Hill
Lake Carolina
North Springs
Oak Pointe
Rice Creek
Catawba Trail
Lex 4 Early Childhood Center


Dutch Fork
Lower Richland

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