The goal in bringing selected institutions together is to create a network that will stimulate each institution's work and provide space for sharing and critique in a national dialogue.
CPED consists of colleges and schools of education that have applied and been invited to join the initiative based on:
- Current college or school reform efforts,
- A demonstrated commitment to the agenda,
- A connection of the pilot or experimental program to other on-going efforts of the school or college,
- A potential for showcasing efforts to others,
- The administrative support and other resources for documentation, engagement and cooperation.
Each CPED institution has assembled a team that includes academics, administrators and graduate students to undertake this journey. This team is committed to:
- Envisioning new ways of preparing professional practitioners for schools and colleges;
- Working collaboratively to design new programs that will enable professional practitioners to function effectively;
- Examining recent advances in the learning sciences and human cognition, statistics and technology, leadership and discipline-based knowledge, and alternative pedagogies
For more information on member roles and responsibilities see the CPED Memorandum of Understanding.
Becoming a Member
To date, two calls for membership have been made, the first in 2006 and the second in 2010. We anticipate another call for membership in 2013.
At present, criteria for membership in the CPED initiative (established with the initiation of the consortium in 2007) has been that institutions are 1) members of the Council for Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions (CADREI); and 2) schools of education.