Improve student learning through more effective collaboration between k-12 public schools and schools of education.

(1) Create a partnership that will lead to more authentic, sustained, and productive collaboration between k-12 public schools and schools of education.

  • Transform the culture of our institutions around roles, responsibilities, and expertise: recognize shared knowledge and build trust.
  • Build the capacity for greater collaboration and communication among institutions based on our shared responsibility for promoting student learning. This begins with the preparation of highly effective teachers and extends through all levels of professional development.
  • Explore our vision of what it means to be an effective teacher, honoring multiple perspectives and diverse approaches.
  • Create opportunities for collaborative self-reflection and research on classroom practice and school improvement work in participating institutions.
  • Share knowledge of current research findings and innovative programs.

(2) Develop a more seamless vision of continuous teacher development over the career span, including preservice preparation, induction, and professional development.

  • Develop more effective ways of making internship placements.
  • Explore possibilities for cohort/cluster placements in schools.
  • Create a highly effective cadre of mentor teachers and supervisors.
  • Develop a plan that will provide feedback to schools of education on the performance of graduates.
  • Build capacity for collaborative mentoring of new teachers.
  • Create structures and incentives for schools of education to work more closely with schools on professional development and school improvement issues.
  • Create structure and process for building level leaders to participate in exploring partnerships.
  • Promote action research as support for professional development and source of data for student learning. Look for multiple ways of approaching data-informed change.
  • Work collaboratively to prepare and support teacher leaders.

(3) Courageously address equity issues related to our work

  • Recruit, prepare, hire, and retain a more diverse teaching pool.
  • Collaborate to build the cultural competence of all teachers.
  • Explore the effects of race, culture, social class, language, disability and other elements of identity on teaching and learning.