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Cooperating teacher criteria

Representatives from six stakeholders in preservice and inservice teacher development met in May and June of 2011 to review current selection criteria for cooperating teachers serving as mentors to teacher candidates (student teachers) in Minneapolis and Saint Paul school districts. The six stakeholders invested in the collaborative effort are Saint Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT), Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT), Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS), Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), the Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2)-representing Augsburg, Bethel, Concordia-St. Paul, Hamline, Saint Catherine, and St. Thomas universities-and TERI at UMN-TC. All stakeholders reached consensus on the following Common Criteria for Cooperating Teachers as a starting point in guiding district administrators, school principals, teachers, university faculty, and placement coordinators in the selection of high quality teachers to mentor teacher candidates through co-teaching:

Common Criteria for Cooperating Teachers
Three years of teaching experiences and/or tenured in District
Licensed in assigned field
Willingness to complete co-teaching training and co-teach with teacher candidate
Principal/Building leadership team recommendation based on:
a. Evidence of effective teaching:

  • Assessing student learning-formative and summative assessments demonstrate student achievement and inform instruction

  • Managing learning in the classroom environment

  • Integrating research-based/best practices

  • Teaching with the lens of equity

b. Evidence of Professionalism

  • Collaborating (PDP/PLC/co-teaching)

  • Deepening content knowledge

  • Communicating skillfully

  • Becoming a teacher leader (either interested or involved)

  • Reflecting on practice

  • Articulating practice

  • Adapting expertise

  • Modeling passion and enthusiasm for teaching. Motivational.

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