School-University Collaboration in Second Language Teacher Education: Building a Successful Partnership


  • Millie Park Mellgren,

    1. Olson Spanish Immersion School
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      Millie Park Mellgren (Ph.D., University of Nebraska) was formerly Assistant Professor of Second Languages and Cultures Education at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota and is currently teaching in the Robbinsdale Area School District.

  • Leslie Ann Caye

    1. Blaine (MN) Senior High School
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      Leslie Ann Cuye (MAT, College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN) is a Spanish Teacher in the Anoka-Hennepin School District and the current president of the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (MCTFL).


Working together to plan, implement and evaluate a new teacher education program, a public school district and a research university have established a successful collaborative partnership. Selecting personnel, developing positive relationships, establishing fluid communication, and providing incentives of value are among many important factors to be dealt with in building a cohesive team. Success in collaboration is possible if appropriate steps are taken.