This section provides an online verson of the Cooperating Teacher Handbook for K-12 teachers who are mentoring student teachers or practicum students in the World Language teacher certification program at UW-Madison.
Click on a section heading in the table of Contents below to access the section. To return to this page, click on the link provided at the top of the page or hit the "back" button on your browser.
In addition to this handbook, another resource of interest to cooperating teachers is the Preservice teacher class syllabi, located in the Preservice teacher section of this website. These syllabi will better enable you to be aware of the academic support and assignments your student teacher or practicum student is receiving as they are working with you.
Table of Contents
The ABCs of Mentoring
How Is the Student Teaching Experience Organized?
How Are Student Teachers Placed?
III. Student Teaching Policies and Procedures
Criminal Background Check & Disclosure Statement
Changes in Placements
Housing and Transportation
Student Discipline/ Search & Seizure
Outside Course Work, Employment, and/or Extracurricular Activities
IV. The Role of School Personnel
The Cooperating Teacher
The Building Principal
V. The Role of University Personnel
The University Supervisor
VI. The Role of the Student Teacher
Planning the Student Teaching Schedule
How Do I Work with UW Faculty and Supervisors?
VII. Making Adjustments & Legal Issues
What Do I Do When I Have a Concern about My Student Teacher?
How Do I work with a Strong Student Teacher?
What Are My Legal Responsibilities as a Cooperating Teacher?
Appendix G: Some Approaches to Co-Teaching (pending)
Appendix H: Cooperating Teacher Contact Sheets (pending)
Appendix J: ACTFL Issues Paper: Designing a Standards-Based Thematic Unit (pending)
Appendix K: Teachers' Pedagogical Beliefs & the Standards for Foreign Language Learning (pending)
Appendix L: Supplemental Methodology Materials (pending)
Contextualizing Language Instruction to Address Goals of Standards for Foreign Language Learning
Teaching Interactive Speaking