Dear Cooperating Teacher:
Greetings and best wishes for a successful school year! Thank you for your dedication to learning and your willingness to work with a teacher candidate. In the upcoming semester, you will have the opportunity and responsibility to guide the professional development of teacher candidates from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). On behalf of the administration and faculty of the College of Education, please accept our sincere appreciation for your willingness to work with a teacher candidate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Clearly, the clinical practice semester is the most significant part of the teacher preparation program for our students. Without professionals such as you, our programs would not succeed. Thank you for the important role you play in preparing future teachers.
The information included in the Cooperating Teacher Handbook is meant to serve as a guide to the cooperating teacher and to explain the roles of the teacher candidate, cooperating teacher, and the university supervisor. On the following pages, you will find an overview of the College’s Conceptual Framework. This document outlines the central principles of the College. Also included in this Handbook is an explanation of the forms for evaluating the teacher candidate. The university supervisor will look forward to making an introductory visit to your school during the first two weeks of the clinical practice experience.
This semester, we will again conduct the “Teacher Candidate Symposium” for teacher candidates. This event will require the candidates to be on campus for a brief time. The program planned for this event will introduce teacher candidates to their university supervisors and provide students with information on certification and job application procedures. A second meeting will be held later in the semester. Please ask your teacher candidate for the specific date and time or consult the clinical practice calendar.
Please accept the College of Education’s sincere wishes for a successful and rewarding semester. If you have any questions, concerns, or recommendations regarding the UNO Clinical practice Program, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you for your contributions to the development of future teachers!
UNO Coordinator of Field Experiences