Meeting Minutes 10/22/12
Officers Present: Beth Niebuhr, Amy Tripp, Megan Amenda, Courtney Hackett, Stephanie Attoe, Brianne Unger
Offers Absent: Aimee Herrick
Counselors Absent: Dr. Willhite, Dr. Iwai
Order of Business:
· Introduction of Sheila Wirkus, Director of Field Experience.
· If you have any questions contact Sheila Wirkus, or Cindy Duley.
o Never stop asking questions!!
· It is really easy to get off schedule if you do not stay organized and stay in contact with the Office of Field Experience, and with the School of Education.
· When filling out your Student Teaching Application, make sure that you mention as many preferences as possible.
o Mention if there is a teacher you worked with in field experience who you would like to work with again.
· A local placement in considered as far out as fifty miles.
o Ride-sharing is very important.
· New initiatives in the state make it very difficult for the Office of Field Experience to find placements.
o This is problem is common throughout the state.
· Giving preferences makes it easier for the Office of Field Experience to find a good fit for student teachers.
o The Office of Field Experience needs you to be honest about how you are feeling in your placements. It is important that you feel comfortable in your placement.
· Institute for Urban Education
o Inner-City Milwaukee
o Fabulous Cooperating Teachers
o Not for the suburban lifestyle, you have to be very strong to be in this placement.
o Allows for good contacts in the Milwaukee area.
§ Many schools use this program, so you are able to meet a lot of new placements.
· Educators Abroad
o 10 weeks (1 quarter) of Student Teaching abroad
§ Country of your choice
§ All English speaking schools
§ Still complete SIPS document
§ If you are easily home sick, this is not a good placement for you
§ Tuition + 15% + Travel costs
§ Typically do middle school teaching
§ Not able to do special education experience abroad
o Select own placement
§ Apply like you are applying for a job
o You earn $4,500
o You are in your own classroom, without a cooperating teacher
· DPI makes it necessary that you get experience throughout your certification range.
· It is important that you get out of your comfort zone, for instance if you are a MC-EA major, and you are comfortable teaching 8th grade, it is important that you have a field experience in an earlier grade such as 1st grade, since it is possible that you will get a job in that grade.
· Next week 10/29/12
o Brenda Leahy will talk about interviews