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The Power of a Network Organization: A Model for School-University Collaboration

, Auburn University, United States ; , University of Vermont, United States

CITE Journal Volume 4, Number 2, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA


An English language arts methods course developed through a professional teacher network offers many advantages of a professional development school (PDS) but is easier for individual teachers and university instructors to initiate than a PDS. This report describes a writing methods course that an expert National Writing Project (NWP) teacher helped the university course instructor design. It helps preservice teac hers synthesize knowledge of school practice from their prior school experience, the system of classroom organization known as Complex Instruction, and NWP knowledge. The designers of the course concluded, on reflection, that elements of the NWP summer invitational institute and the nature of annual review of NWP sites supported ongoing dialogue among the participating secondary school teachers, preservice teachers, and course instructor. Videotaped discussion among a participating preservice teacher, the NWP teacher consultant, and the course instructor; written and graphic work by this preservice teacher; and video and Internet information about Complex Instruction and the NWP are linked to this online article.


Whyte, A. & Ellis, N. (2004). The Power of a Network Organization: A Model for School-University Collaboration. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 4(2), 137-151. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved September 21, 2021 from .



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