When the “ivory tower” world of educator preparation faculty collides with the “real world” of in-service teachers, the result can be a partnership that is committed to preparing teachers equipped to meet the needs of diverse learners in 21st century classrooms. The lessons learned in the development of such a partnership include a focus on: a) authentic engagement of all stakeholders; b) honest, diplomatic, and timely communication; c) support and scaffolding for pre-service teachers; d) a variety of authentic assessment measures; and e) assistance for new teachers during the induction period. Strengthening the bonds between university faculty and classroom teachers has contributed to the success of pre-service and beginning teachers and to the enhancement of P-12 student learning.
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Butcher, T. D., Burcham, J. G., Greer, D. C., & Hendricks, M. B. (2008). Bringing the Ivory Tower and Real World Together: Lessons Learned in the Collaborative Process of Preparing Effective Teachers. Perspectives In Learning, 9 (1). Retrieved from http://csuepress.columbusstate.edu/pil/vol9/iss1/2