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Restructuring Teacher Education for Restructured Schools: Creating a Network of Leading Edge Professional Development Schools

The Leading Edge Professional Development School Network was a research and development project designed to bring together six teacher preparation programs around issues of teaching standards. These programs explicitly prepared teachers to meet new teacher performance standards and assessments and support pre-service and in-service teacher development through Professional Development School models. The project’s second year disseminated its work in the fall of 1999 in a set of case studies. These studies provided detailed descriptive evidence about the approaches, the content, and the processes they use to respond to the call for high standards. The Leading Edge Network sites are the University of Louisville, University of Southern Maine, University of California at Santa Barbara, Wheelock College in Boston, Teachers College in New York, and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. They were engaged in preparing prospective and beginning teachers in sites that are connected to major school reform networks and that were actively involved in the mutual restructuring of schools and schools of education.

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