Five Guiding Principles
Implemented by The University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the North Carolina General Assembly in 1997, the fifteen colleges/schools/departments of education in the University of North Carolina system developed a plan that strongly emphasized the strategic involvement of school districts and communities in the preparation and development of teachers, administrators, and other education professionals.
Five guiding principles drive the implementation of University-School Teacher Education Partnerships. In their own unique ways, the Partnerships are designed to do the following:
- Strengthen relationships and shared responsibilities among schools, universities, colleges, and communities in the initial preparation, induction, and continuing professional development of highly skilled teachers, administrators, and other school personnel.
- Build on successes of current Model Clinical Teaching Programs and establish partnerships for the initial preparation, induction, and continuing professional development of career teachers, administrators, and other school-based personnel.
- Extend and improve the school-based components of both initial preparation and continuing professional development program.
- Strengthen the linkage between the theory and practice of teaching and learning, thereby narrowing the gap between what is known to be effective practice and how it is applied.
Focus and share resources of the universities, colleges, schools, and communities to improve curriculum and increase student learning in both B/K-12 schools and university teacher education programs.