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Monday, October 21 • 4:15pm - 4:45pm
A Partnership Between Local Education Agencies (LEA) and an Educator Preparation Program at a Four-Year Metropolitan Public University.

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In today’s Education Preparation Programs, there must be a focus on developing and enhancing strong partnerships to ensure teacher candidates are ready to teach on day one. Teacher preparation programs in a Metropolitan University need district-level partnerships in order to produce effective teachers within our respective cities. Mutually beneficial relationships between teacher preparation programs and local school districts require a commitment from both. An authentic partnership reflects a commitment for stable, long-term mutually beneficial arrangements characterized by shared decision-making and resources (Holen & Yunk, 2014).

Key leaders on teacher preparation have identified characteristics of the most effective programs. Linda Darling-Hammond (2006) recognizes three main components of successful programs: 1) a strong connection between coursework and fieldwork; 2) intensely supervised clinical work integrated with coursework and 3) closer proactive relationships with schools that serve diverse learners.

This presentation will highlight the process of developing and strengthening a partnership between an Educator Preparation Program (EPP) at a four-year metropolitan public university, and a county-wide local Education Agencies (LEA). The partnership includes a complete redesign of the teacher preparation program within the institution. The LEAs have worked alongside the EPP to ensure the implementation of a new Residency Program, Co-Teaching support for mentor teachers, edTPA and an Induction program. Additionally, institutional support for the program has been increasingly supportive. This session will provide attendees with recommendations in the process of transforming partnerships between teacher preparation program and LEAs.


Kim Wingate

Associate Professor, UTC School of Education

Monday October 21, 2019 4:15pm - 4:45pm EDT