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Abstract

This paper portrays a one-to-one collaboration partnership (Ravid & Handler, 2001) between a university elementary teacher education program and a public middle school. The authors, including three professors, a middle school teacher, and a teacher candidate, used multiple data sources, including meeting notes, interviews, lesson plans, and teacher candidate reflections, to analyze the partnership. The collaborative partnership, now in its eighth semester, was initiated by the classroom teachers’ desire to gain help adopting new state-mandated grade-level contact expectations, as well as by the partner university’s desire to provide elementary teacher candidates with opportunities to teach whole class lessons to middle school students. Results suggest that the various stakeholders find the partnership worthwhile. Though confronted with minor challenges, the partners have been able to sustain the partnership through effective communication and ritualized activities.

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