Urban Teacher Preparation Academy: Preparing Urban Teachers through a Collaborative Partnership

  • R. Michael Nelson University of Central Oklahoma
  • James Machell University of Central Oklahoma
Keywords: Higher Education, Teacher Preparation, Urban Teachers, Community Partnerships


The Urban Teacher Preparation Academy was developed through a collaborative partnership between the University of Central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Public Schools. The goal of the program is to develop effective teachers for urban schools. The development and maintenance of the partnership is discussed through the lens of interorganizational collaboration. The teacher retention rate for the program is above the national norm, and teachers demonstrate many of the characteristics of effective teachers.