In November of 2010, Portland metro area superintendents and deans met to discuss a potential school-university partnership between local teacher preparation institutions and local school districts.  They agreed to create a working group made of district and university representatives at all levels that would create a structure for that partnership to be realized.  This was the working group that functioned from January to March of 2011 to create an organization structure with roles and responsibilities for those participating on the committees and in the partnership.