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NDMU Education Program Honored for School Partnerships

Notre Dame of Maryland University

February 16, 2022


Notre Dame of Maryland University’s teacher preparation program was named one of the nation’s best for innovative partnerships with local schools that prepare students to become effective educators.

The National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) selected NDMU for a 2022 Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award. The honorees received their awards during the NAPDS National Conference in Chicago from Feb. 10-12.

“I feel so fortunate to be able to work with so many amazing people, and all stakeholder efforts should be celebrated with this recognition,” said Dr. Stephanie Savick ’92, M’99, D’09, NDMU’s professional development school coordinator. “Having a good system in place is important in building and sustaining the good work that is happening across our partnerships. We have built these partnerships based on best practices and research. Balancing that with reflection and innovation is critical as we seek to embrace future challenges in education as opportunities.”

The Professional Development Schools Program in the NDMU School of Education includes 13 public schools in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County, and Howard County, where student interns apply their coursework in the classroom. The partner schools work together with NDMU to provide the best opportunities for student interns to learn from mentor teachers and use their skills in the classroom. Strong partnerships play a major role in each student intern’s success.