Professional Development School Network

The Professional Development School Network at William Paterson University has an established reputation for providing high quality job-embedded professional development and support for novice and experienced teachers and school leaders via the Professor in Residence and Leader in Residence models.  We have added a new level of professional support for schools through the Counselor in Residence program which provides a certified school counselor one day per week to support the mental health initiatives in your school.  The work of all these professionals is customized to the needs of the schools where they work.  William Paterson University works to match school needs to professionals’ expertise and experience.  If you are interested in learning more about this level of support for your school, please contact Nancy Norris-Bauer at For preschool, please contact Cindy Gennarelli at

12th Annual NJ Professional Development Schools Virtual Conference – 2021 “Equity and Diversity in Our Schools”

Save the Dates: May 26 & June 2, 2021

The 12th Annual NJ Professional Development Schools Conference will be held virtually this year on two dates: Wednesday, May 26 and Wednesday, June 2nd. We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Tyrone Howard.  Dr. Howard is a Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education UCLA and author of Why Race and Culture Matters in Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap in America’s Classrooms. Breakout sessions will be held on both days. P-12 teachers and administrators, teacher candidates and university faculty from across the state are invited to attend.

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Dr. Tyrone Howard, Keynote Speaker

Batter Up Grant Enables Local High School Students to Study the Social, Political, and Economic Impacts of the Negro Baseball Leagues

The Batter Up! grant is a collaboration among the School of Government and Public Administration, NJ, Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, and William Paterson University’s Professional Development Schools network.  The purpose of Batter Up! is to study the social, political, and economic impacts of the Negro Leagues, which were professional baseball teams of African American and Latinx players that, because of segregation, flourished in the early part of the 20th century. 

Batter Up! takes advantage of local connections.  The Negro Leagues have deep roots in the City of Paterson.  Many teams played in Paterson including the Black Yankees, the New York Cubans, and the Newark Eagles.  Hinchliffe Stadium is one of the last remaining Negro League ballparks, and Larry Doby, a graduate of Paterson’s Eastside High School, was the first African American to play in the American League (only three months after Jackie Robinson did so in the National League).

Batter Up! began at GOPA in the 2019-2020 school year.  It was implemented in Historiography, an elective course taught by Ms. Michelle Hamlett that teaches students to do independent research.  To provide context and background for their research, students attended a field trip to the Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair, NJ, which sponsored a special program on the Negro Leagues.  Guest speakers to Historiography included Ilyse Goldman, Paterson Great Falls Park Ranger, Brian LoPinto, President of the Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium, and Dr. Lawrence Hogan, national expert on the Negro Leagues and author of the book “Shades of Glory”.  WPU Research Librarians Neil Grimes and Richard Kearney assisted students with their research.

Great progress was taking place until March, when the “game was called” because of COVID-19.  Further activities were to have included visits to the WPU Motion Research Lab and a baseball game that GOPA and WPU students were to have played wearing original Negro League uniforms.  This year Batter Up! has resumed in virtual mode.  The ultimate goal is to have students develop lessons for the social studies curriculum and create mobile classrooms/permanent exhibits (tangible/virtual) that explain the significance of the Negro Leagues.  These will be on-loan and will serve as resources to be used as teaching tools in other schools in WPU’s PDS network.

A presentation on the grant was given on January 18, 2021 at the virtual conference “MLK Day of Service: Progress in a Pandemic”, which was sponsored by the New Jersey Collaboration and Partnership Schools.  Another presentation has been accepted to the National Association of Professional Development Schools Annual conference to be held virtually on March 28-31, 2021.  


Paterson Great Falls Park Ranger, Ilyse Goldman, Speaks to the Paterson High School students.

Paterson School 9 Field Trip to WPU - 2019

WPU's Professional Development & School Community Partnerships Dept. welcomed sixth-grade students and their teachers from Paterson School 9 to the campus today to experience a hands-on day of activities! WPU Professor in Residence at School 9, Bob Tirri, was instrumental in making this trip happen for the kids to enjoy!

Paterson School 9 Field Trip to WPU Facebook Photos

11th Annual NJ Professional Development Schools Conference - 2019

The 11th Annual NJ Professional Development Schools Conference was held on the campus of William Paterson University on May 23, 2019, with our PDS partner schools in attendance. Joining us were faculty and administrators, teacher candidates and university faculty from across NJ who gathered for an outstanding day of innovative professional development workshops, a motivational keynote address and networking. The special keynote speaker, Clint Pulver, inspired the conference attendees with his life story and led the group in a special drumming session. The conference attendees had the opportunity to attend three-hour-long, break-out sessions showcasing the activities of successful local partnerships. A networking lunch provided the opportunity to meet a diverse group of P-12 teachers and administrators, teacher candidates and university faculty from across the state.

11th Annual NJ Professional Development Schools Conference Facebook Photos

WP PDS State Conference 2019 Picture Slideshow

Ninth Annual Professional Development Schools' Artwork Exhibit - 2019

The WPU College of Education, Professional Development & School Community Partnerships Department held its ninth annual Art Exhibit on May 8, 2019. Students from the PDS network of schools attended the celebration with their families, and art teachers and administrators from the featured schools also attended. Dr. Amy Ginsberg, Dean of the College of Education and Nancy Norris Bauer, Director, Professional Development & School Community Partnerships, recognized the students with certificates of achievement for their artistic talents! #WPUNJCOE #WPPDS


On March 29, 2019, Professor in Residence Dr. Alex Chambers taught a workshop which is attended by teachers in the PDS Network of Schools.  


REFORMS PDS Puts Summer Work Into Action

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WPUNJ Annual PDS Network Celebration

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Denise Fitzpatrick (far right) of Passaic's School #11 with Professor-In-Residence Jean Modig and Keynote speaker Rafe Esquith at the National Professional Development Schools Conference in Las Vegas