Cooperating teachers are important partners in the University of Minnesota, Morris teacher education program. All work together to provide the best support for teacher candidates’ learning in field experiences and student teaching. Cooperating teachers in field and clinical field experiences are models and mentors for our candidates. They are experts in their content and in the needs of their learners. They assume tremendous responsibility to orient the candidates to the culture of the school and community, to guide the candidate in establishing classroom routines and policies, to provide support for planning and instructional implementation, to assess candidate performance, and to provide ongoing informal and formal feedback.
Cooperating teachers and university supervisors share the goal of helping the candidate achieve high performance standards in their field and clinical experiences. Frequent communication, a goal of the UMM teacher education program, enhances the shared efforts of the two supervisors.