Wendy L. Black is an assistant professor at Illinois State University. She is co-editor of the Journal of Reading Education, published by the Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading, a special interest group of the International Reading Association. In addition to her research interests in the discourse of transformation in instructional practices, she is involved in a study of early clinical experiences for preservice teachers and research in the connection between language and other sign systems in literacy learning.
2004 0-7734-6512-X This study describes twenty-five projects that take place in more than ten university-school communities, most of which were derived from the Illinois Professions Learners’ partnership (IPLP) project. The project stems from a Department of Education Teacher Quality Enhancement grant whose goal is to transform teacher education throughout the country. It looks at six aspects of teacher education that can make a difference in preparing teacher candidates for all schools, and especially for high-need schools. These aspects are developing partnerships, collaborations, meeting the needs of all students, technology, field and clinical experiences, and teacher induction. Each of these areas is described in the section overview and chapters detail successful projects in each area.