About Us


The Professional Development Schools Partnership Program is a grant project supported by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, partnering Marshall University and the public schools in WV (Cabell, Wayne, and Putnam counties).

The primary goal of the program is to enhance teacher candidate preparation through continued support and collaboration with public school teachers, ultimately enhancing teacher knowledge and skills at all levels.

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Contact Information

Dr. Mindy Backus Professor/PDS Director 130 Education Building Marshall University Phone: 304-696-2877 Fax: 304-696-6211 backus5@marshall.edu

Weekly News


Student Teacher Mini Grants: Application links are in Word and PDF. Send applications to backus5@marshall.edu by the following dates: First placement–January 29, 4:00pm (notification will be on January 31); Second placement–March 18, 4:00 (notification will be on March 20)

STEPP Workshops:

February 1 (half-day sessions) – Teaching With Technology And Active Strategies For Secondary Teacher Candidates

February 15 (half-day sessions) – Teaching With Technology And Heggerty, Ashlock, Call/Response, Managing Centers, And More! For Elementary Teacher Candidates


Teacher Mini Grants are due by 4:00pm March 13, 2020. Teachers hosting student teachers may apply using the form above under the Teacher tab.

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Raising Expectations through Shared Professional Expertise and Collaborative Training