Rethinking School-University Partnerships

A New Way Forward

Edited by:
Prentice T. Chandler, Austin Peay State University
Lisa Barron, Austin Peay State University


This is an invitation to submit a chapter proposal for the upcoming book, Rethinking School-University Partnerships: A New Way Forward, which will be published by Information Age Publishing. This volume will explore innovative ways in which Colleges of Education and Education Preparation Providers (EPPs) engage with school partners to improve teacher education and educational outcomes for P-12 learners. The main focus of this book project is to extend the literature in this area and to learn from others around the country engaged in this important work. We are particularly interested in partnership work that addresses mutually beneficial outcomes and persistent issues/problems in teacher education.

This book will provide educational leaders in public schools and colleges of education with insight, advice, and direction into the task of creating effective, proactive partnerships. In current times, colleges of education and local school districts need each other like never before. School districts struggle with pipeline-workforce, recruitment, and retention issues. Colleges of education face declining enrollment and a shifting educational landscape that fundamentally changes the way that teachers are trained and what local school districts expect their teachers to be able to do. It is with these overlapping constraints and converging interests that partnerships emerge as a strategy for strengthening the education of our teachers. The partnerships that we envision are different from the ways in which colleges of education and school districts have traditionally worked with one another. In the past, these loose relationships centered primarily on student teaching and/or field experience placements. We conceptualize “new” partnerships as being proactive, mutually beneficial, pragmatic, and futures oriented. By focusing on people who are leaders in colleges/schools of education and local schools, this book will be well-positioned to help us develop a better understanding of how to initiate and lead change around the concept of partnerships.

Each chapter will also include a vignette from the school partners. For all accepted chapters, you should include a section written by your school partners. A template in GoogleForms will be sent to all authors whose proposals are accepted for inclusion in the book (early September).

Submit your chapter proposal by Microsoft Word email attachment by August 1, 2019 in order to be considered for inclusion in the book. Your proposal should contain an abstract, adhere to the 6th edition APA guidelines, be approximately 3-5 pages (not including references), and clearly address the partnership work in which you are/were engaged. Each proposal will undergo a rigorous double-blind review prior to being accepted. Submitted proposals should include a cover page with authors’ name, affiliation, email, and phone number. Notifications of acceptance of proposals will be sent out in early September.

Full chapter submissions will be evaluated in the following categories: scholarly contribution to teacher education/partnership work, originality, attention to the book’s purpose, attention to the book’s theme, adherence to 6th edition APA style guidelines, and overall quality. Final chapters to be included in the book should be 15-20 pages (double spaced) in length (not including references). Each chapter will undergo a rigorous double-blind review prior to being included in the final book. For approved proposals and chapters, Information Age Publishing will require authors to complete chapter agreement and publication agreement forms (available at

In addition, authors whose proposals are accepted and whose chapters pass review will agree to serve as a reviewer for one other chapter to be included in the book.

Send chapter proposals and/or inquiries to Prentice Chandler and Lisa Barron at

Tentative Publication Schedule

Call for Proposals: 6/1/19
Proposals Due: 8/1/19
Notification: 9/1/19
Full Chapters Due: 12/1/19
Reviewer Comments Due: 2/1/20
Edits Complete (by authors): 4/15/20
Submission of Book to Publisher: Summer 2020
Anticipated Publication: Fall 2020

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