Welcome to SPPS!
Upcoming Dates for Interview Sessions: Please apply online if you are interested.
Upcoming Dates for IHE Coordinator Meetings:
Cooperating Teacher Information: Cooperating Teacher Packet
Teacher Candidate Information: Teacher Candidate Packet
Pre-Service Training of teachers in SPPS
The SPPS Strong Schools, Strong Communities Strategic Plan outlines clear expectations regarding improving academic achievement and closing the racial disparity gap for students. SPPS partners with institutions of higher education (IHEs) to establish and support a new paradigm for teaching and learning centered on improved teacher effectiveness to close the opportunity gap. In SPPS we adhere to cluster sites and use co-teaching as a our model of instruction for pre-service training.
Cluster sites are where practicum and student teacher candidates complete their experience using a co-teaching for student teaching, criteria for cooperating teachers and year-long placements for some licensures. A list of cluster sites are below. To support this work, deep partnerships with schools and higher education institutions are needed.
Co-teaching is defined as two teachers (cooperating teacher and student teacher candidate) working together with groups of students, sharing the planning, organization, delivery and assessment of instruction. Research indicates that co-teaching partnerships increase academic achievement for all students. Cooperating teachers and student teacher candidates will be required to participate in two co-teaching professional development trainings:
Online Foundations and Pairs Training Option :
SPPS is excited to partner with the University of Minnesota's Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI) to offer online Foundations and Pairs training to cooperating teachers and teacher candidates placed in SPPS*. The Foundations training can be completed together or separately. The online Pairs training, however, must be completed by the cooperating teacher and the teacher candidate (together).
To complete the online training(s), please click on the Foundations Workshop at http://www.cehd.umn.edu/TERI/
All student teaching assignments should be approved by cluster sites. When needed, an out of cluster site request should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Background checks are required for placements in Saint Paul Public Schools and should be sent to our Human Resources Department prior to the beginning of the placements. All placements must be recorded in the IHE Tracker.
For more information, please contact Danaya Franke at email@example.com.