College of Menominee Nation
The College of Menominee Nation clinical program provides a variety of supervised field experiences in pre-kindergarten through Grade 5. Students taking methods courses requiring field experience are assigned to a variety of local schools with licensed teachers for field experience of approximately 5-10 hours each course. Most of these experiences require the students to keep a log or report of their activities, record the time spent in the classroom, produce an assessment or artifact for the course, enter the artifact into the Ten Standards Pre-Student Teaching portfolio, and provide an evaluation signed by the cooperating teacher. A practicum course accompanies Methods for Reading and Language Arts, Methods for Teaching Mathematics, and Methods for Teaching Science. CMN field experiences are developmental in scope and sequence and situated in a variety of learning settings (PI 34.15 (5) (a). Service learning, classroom observation, pre-student teaching methods courses and student teaching are the models of College of Menominee Nation student’s field experiences:
•Service learning is the initial field experience for freshman and sophomore education courses; it includes human relations hours among children economically disadvantaged, children with exceptionalities, and children from different cultural backgrounds. This service is much the same as a parent volunteer in the classroom and is recorded on a human relations form.
•Classroom Observation begins in designated sophomore classes such as EDU 201 Emergent Literacy, HUD 237 Observation and Interpretation of Child Behavior, and EDU 250 Introduction to Teacher Education. This type of observation includes assessment of children’s behavior, reading to children, and working with individual children or small groups of children, and teaching part of a lesson under the direction of the classroom teacher.
•Pre-Student Teaching Methods Courses are accompanied by a practicum course which analyses/reflects on what is experienced in the classroom. Through the opportunity to implement lesson plans and teaching techniques with the assistance of an experienced teacher and a CMN faculty member who supervises the learning requirements, students demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to provide meaningful learning experiences for all students. The cooperating teacher evaluations become part of the pre-student teaching e-portfolio.
•Student teaching is an extensive graduated experience of becoming responsible for planning, instruction, assessment, classroom management and the daily duties of a professional teacher. Student teachers collect evidence of pedagogical skills learned as well as the mastery of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for classroom teachers. It is an 18 week semester, with two nine week placements in two grade levels at two schools. Student teaching is supervised by cooperating teachers, principals and a CMN supervisor.
The field experience coordinator and the faculty for a course requiring field experience collaborate on the assigned placements, communications with the school administrator, classroom teachers, and specialists as needed. A record of field experiences is kept to ensure that students are placed in a variety of schools and classrooms. This chart illustrates the courses, requirements and semester offered.
Placement for Field Experience and Student Teaching
Local schools that have been used as sites for student field experience include private schools that are religion based or tribal, public schools in various districts, and several Head Start programs with teachers who hold a Wisconsin Teaching License. The following is an example of local schools within a 45-50 minute distance from the Keshena Campus of the College of Menominee Nation: Bowler Elementary School; Wittenberg Elementary School; Bonduel Elementary School; Cormier School and Early Learning Center, Green Bay (Ashwaubenon); Gillett Elementary School; Hillcrest Primary School, Shawano; Kennedy Elementary School, Green Bay; Keshena Primary School; Longfellow Elementary School, Clintonville; Martin Luther King School, Green Bay; Menominee Indian Middle School; Menominee Tribal School K-8; Olga Brenner Intermediate School, Shawano; Oneida Elementary School; Cormier School & Early Learning Center, Green Bay (Ashwaubenon); Pioneer Elementary School, Green Bay (Ashwaubenon); Rockledge Elementary School, Seymour; Sacred Heart School, Shawano; St. James Lutheran, Shawano; Holy Family School (GRACES System), Green Bay, Assumption BVM, Pulaski; Valley View Elementary School Green Bay (Ashwaubenon); Oneida Head Start; and Keshena Head Start.
Selection of Cooperating Teacher(s)
The selection of cooperating teachers for pre-service field experiences will be approved by the course instructor, the field experience coordinator, the principal of the local school and the teacher who volunteers to be a cooperating teacher. Suggestions or preferences of teacher candidates will be considered according to the needs of the course and the availability of teachers. Immediate family members or teacher candidate children’s teachers are not appropriate choices. The criteria for cooperating teachers include:
•a Wisconsin DPI license for the teaching assignment,
•a minimum of three years of teaching experience at the early childhood-elementary school level,
•a minimum of one year teaching at the school/school system,
•attendance at CMN training on supervision of student teachers provided by the Field Experience Coordinator (for supervision of student teachers) (PI34.15,6).
Data collected from Cooperating Teachers includes name, address, phone, e-mail, school, grade level, number of years in the school, content emphasis, Wisconsin licenses held. Teacher Education Faculty is welcome to review this file.
Introducing CMN Students to a Field Experience
There are several entry points to field experience. Once a field experience assignment is received, a student is required to make an appointment with the principal to introduce him/herself and to learn about school policies. The student then may tour the school and meet the cooperating teacher to set up a time to first appear in the classroom. Lower division classes may be taken to the school as a group to meet the principal and teachers to set up a schedule and to learn the sign in policy.
Policies Regarding Field Experience
Prior to participation in any early childhood, elementary classroom experience, CMN students must submit to a criminal background check. Students doing field experience at a tribal school must also submit to a tribal background check. Students must submit a clear TB examination. They must meet with the principal of the school to introduce themselves and learn of other school policies that frequent volunteers follow. The following CMN Teacher Education Policies regulate field experiences and student teaching:
CMN Policy TE 400: Criminal Background Check
The College of Menominee Nation Teacher Education Program requires that prior to their initial field or practicum experience in the schools, all candidates for CMN Teacher Education Program and Wisconsin teacher certification submit to a criminal background check by CMN’s human resource department.
Policy TE 401: Field Experience Placement Policy
The Dean of Letters and Sciences appoints a faculty member responsible for field experience. This person is responsible for locating and selecting field experience, practicum and student teaching sites.
CMN Policy TE 402: Field Experience Eligibility
All field experiences require admission into the teacher education program and registration in the courses that require field experience (PI 34.15, 5a).
CMN Policy TE 403: Change of Field Experience Placement
The College of Menominee Nation Teacher Education Program or the school may change or terminate the assignment of a teacher candidate or student teacher when it is in the best interest of all involved.
CMN Policy TE 404: Legal Liability for Field Experience
College of Menominee Nation employees or enrolled students are covered by the CMN’s liability insurance when they are involved in activities required in the normal course of field experiences such as classroom observations and student teaching placements under the direction of the Teacher Education Program (Section 895.46 Wisconsin Statutes). Private liability insurance may be purchased through the student arm of Wisconsin Educators Association.
CMN Policy TE 500: Admission to Student Teaching
Upon completion of all required foundations and methods coursework and field experience (practicum courses) a teacher candidate may apply for admission to student teaching (PI34.15, (5) (b).
CMN Policy TE 501: Selection of Cooperating Teachers
The selection of cooperating teachers for pre-service field experiences will be a collaborative effort of the faculty member responsible for field experience, the course instructor, the principal of the local school and the teacher who serves as a cooperating teacher (PI34.15, (5) (b).
CMN Policy TE 502: Removal from a Student Teaching Placement
A student teacher’s withdrawal from an assignment should occur only if the College of Menominee Nation Teacher Education Program needs to remove a student teacher from a particular teaching assignment due to unsatisfactory performance as a student teacher, issues of safety for the students, or irreconcilable differences with a cooperating teacher.
Any CMN student absence from a field experience site due to illness or immediate family emergency provides proper notification to the cooperating teacher and the CMN instructor/Field Experience Coordinator. Any absence of over two days signals an alert. CMN students are encouraged to participate in educational and community events which celebrate or focus on diversity. We ask students to keep a record of these events and hours of service for human relations hours.