Sample Letters to University Supervisors
Date: July 19, 2008
Dear University Supervisors:
Hello! We have 123 teacher candidates very anxious to start their student teaching in August. This is
an exciting time for them and is also an exciting time to be part of UNO’s College of Education. This
year, the University will be celebrating its centennial and the College of Education will be completing
its accreditation visit through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
The College of Education may ask you or your student teachers to participate in the NCATE
accreditation process. I’m enclosing a College of Education Conceptual Framework brochure. This
brochure outlines our recently updated conceptual framework which is the foundation for all of our
The following information will outline the events and procedures to get you and your teacher
candidates off to a smooth start for the upcoming semester. Important dates, times and locations to put
on your calendar include:
1. University Supervisors Meeting and Luncheon
Monday, August 18, 2008 11:30 a.m. W.H. Thompson Alumni Center
Discussion Items: Mileage Reimbursement
2. Student Teacher Symposium - Opening Meeting for Student Teachers and Supervisors
Monday, August 18, 2007 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. W.H. Thompson Alumni Center.
University supervisors meet with their candidates from 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
3. Assessment Presentations
Friday, November 14 1:00 – 4:00 Kayser Hall
Secondary and K-12 candidates
Friday, November 21 1:00 – 4:00 Kayser Hall
Elementary and Early Childhood candidates
Early contact with your student teachers and their cooperating teachers is very important. The teacher
candidates will be looking to you for guidance and direction during those first weeks and in the
upcoming months. Your support is critical to their success.
As you plan for your monthly seminars please keep the following in mind:
The primary purpose of each seminar should be to provide content/information intended to
foster the professional development of the teacher candidates. It can be expected that
candidates will want to share experiences and socialize with their peers. Although these
conversations may be appropriate and helpful for candidates, the university supervisor should
limit the length of these and assist the candidates to make connections between these topics and
the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to become effective teachers.
Seminars are to be held in locations where there is a reasonable expectation of confidentiality.
If seminars are held in public places such as a restaurant or public library, please make certain a
private meeting space is available. If you would like assistance in scheduling a seminar
location on campus, please contact Brandy Klipfel at 554-2718 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University supervisors are not obligated to provide snacks or refreshments at seminars. If you
choose to do so or meet in a location where these may be purchased by teacher candidates, no
alcohol is permitted during seminars.
If you are in need of a UNO name tag or business cards, please contact Brandy Klipfel at 554-2718 or
email@example.com. If you have any questions or cannot attend the August 18th Symposium,
please call me at 554-3096 before August 4, 2008.
The Office of Student Services is pleased to announce Aaron Krueger has been hired as the Career
Development Coordinator. You may reach Aaron at 554-4916 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our
graduate assistant for the upcoming year will be Alicia Zobel. You may reach her at 554-6085 or
Thank you for all that you do. Your contributions to our profession and our community are impossible
to measure. The College truly appreciates your commitment, expertise and flexibility. I feel
privileged to work with you.
Enjoy the remaining days of summer!
Dr. Connie Schaffer
Coordinator of Field Experiences
UNO College of Education
1. Conceptual Framework Brochure
2. Fall 2008 Calendar
3. Spring 2009 Calendar
4. Fall 2008 Student Teaching Supervision List and Student Teaching Applications
5. 2008-2009 University Supervisor Handbook
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Date: November 17, 2008
To: University Supervisors - Fall 2008
From: Connie Schaffer
Re: End-of-Semester Information
This communication is sent to provide information concerning procedures for the end of the fall
semester. As you know, the student teaching semester ends on December 17, 2008. Enclosed you will
find a number of items to assist you with the processes associated with ending the semester.
Before you begin to review the end-of-semester procedures, I want to invite you to the Fall 2007
University Supervisors’ Luncheon, scheduled for December 12, at 11:30 in the UNO Alumni
Center. This is an important opportunity for the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the College of
Education to thank you for all your work with our student teachers. Please RSVP to Brandy Klipfel at
bklipfel@ unomaha.edu or 554-2718.
As our semester draws to a close, please also remind your student teachers to personally thank their
cooperating teacher(s) and building administrator(s) for the opportunity they had to work and learn in
The following items explain the end-of-semester procedures:
1. Instructions for the Final Student Teaching Evaluation - The Teacher Candidate Final
Evaluation by University Supervisor is available on-line. Please see the instruction sheet for the
web address and directions. If you have any questions regarding the on-line evaluation, please
contact Alicia Zobel at 554-6085 or azobel@.unomaha.edu. Final evaluations should be submitted
by Wednesday, December 10, 2008.
2. Grade Report Form - List the name of each student teacher originally assigned to you this
semester. Indicate the grade you recommend for each student teacher. All student teachers in the
College of Education receive a grade of “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory”. If a student teacher
withdrew, note this as “WD”. You may use the “Comments” section to provide any additional
In an effort to expedite the certification process for our student teachers, please submit the grade
report sheet prior to Wednesday, December 17, 2008.
The following end-of-semester instructions have been mailed directly to the cooperating teachers:
1. Instructions for the Final Student Teaching Evaluation - The Teacher Candidate Final
Evaluation Form by Cooperating Teacher is available on-line. A direction sheet, including the web
address, was sent to the cooperating teachers. If you or the cooperating teachers have any questions
regarding the on-line evaluation, please contact Alicia at 554-6085 or email@example.com. Final
evaluations should be submitted by Wednesday, December 10, 2008.
2. Cooperating Teacher Survey - This instrument is available as an additional section on the
Teacher Candidate Final Evaluation Form by Cooperating Teacher. The responses in this section will
be electronically separated from any identifiers that are part of the Teacher Candidate Final
Evaluation Form by Cooperating Teacher and were completed for a specific student teacher. The
responses to this portion of the on-line instrument are anonymous.
Student teachers are required to complete a final which is also due on Wednesday, December 10,
2008. The final they complete is a different assessment than that completed by the cooperating
teachers and the university supervisors. Student teachers complete the Teacher Disposition Index
(TDI) as their final assessment. The student teachers have previously completed the TDI. Having
them complete the assessment again allows the student and the College to note individual growth.
Student teachers are e-mailed the instructions for this assessment.
Dates to remember:
December 10 Finals are due (cooperating teacher, university supervisor & student teacher)
December 14 University Supervisor Luncheon – UNO Alumni Center (11:30)
December 17 Last day for teacher candidates – grades are due
January 7 Student Teacher Symposium, UNO Alumni Center (1:00 – 5:00 p.m.) *
March 27 Assessment Conference (K-12/Secondary)
April 3 Assessment Conference (Elementary and Early Childhood)
* We have also included calendar for the Spring 2009 Student Teaching semester to help you plan
your schedules for the upcoming semester. The Student Teaching Symposium will be held on January
7, 2009 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the UNO Alumni Center. If you have any questions or cannot attend
the January 7th meeting, please call me at 554-3096 before January 5, 2008. If the weather is
questionable, please note that the Symposium will be held if the University is open. Should the
University be closed, the Symposium will be rescheduled. For University closing information, please
check the UNO website for weather announcements.
As university supervisors, you will have access to the College of Education database that contains both the
teacher candidates’ and cooperating teachers’ midterm evaluation forms for student teachers and the cooperating
teachers’ final evaluation. This access is restricted to those individuals needing access. Please do not share this
information with any teacher candidates or cooperating teachers.
1. Open this web address: http://coedb.unomaha.edu:591/evalforms/search/search.htm
2. After opening this web address, you will see several boxes (candidate, coop, supervisor, etc.) and
buttons. Choose one of the following methods below to retrieve information:
a. You may type the information requested into any box and click START SEARCH; or
b. You may click on FIND ALL RECORDS
In both cases you will be asked to enter a user name and password (not case sensitive).
User Name: supervisor Password: education
3. After logging in, your results will appear. Because the search boxes will only return specific results,
variations in teacher candidates’ names and/or cooperating teachers’ names could result in some
individuals being excluded (e.g. misspelled names, first name instead of last name as asked, etc.). By
clicking on FIND ALL RECORDS, you may look for any individual. Because the search results will
show all submitted forms by date, by clicking on START A NEW SEARCH and sorting by candidate,
cooperating teacher, or supervisor, you will be able to find any specific individual’s form.
4. To pull up any individual’s evaluation form, click on the candidate’s name. Detailed information that
you can browse or print will be available to you.
5. Please remember this information is confidential and by keeping this process confidential, we can assure
the retrieval of candidate information will continue.
6. If you have questions, please call Alicia Zobel at 554-6085 and leave a voice mail or send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org Responses will be sent to you as quickly as possible.
7. Thank you for all you do for our teacher candidates!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
November 14 Assessment Conference (K-12/Secondary)
November 21 Assessment Conference (Elementary and Early Childhood)
December 10 Final Evaluations Due
December 17 Last day of student teaching for teacher candidates
January 7 Student Teacher Symposium, UNO Alumni Center (1:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
Directions for Submitting the
Teacher Candidate Midterm & Final Evaluation
College of Education Midterm due date: October 17, 2008
Final due date: December 10, 2008
Thank you for the time and effort you are giving as a university supervisor. Your feedback
for your student teacher is contributing to his/her growth and progress. The following information
is provided to assist with the completion of the midterm and final evaluations.
• Ask your student teachers for their UNO e-mail address; you will need this for the
• Open up this web address: http://coedb.unomaha.edu/evals.htm
• Respond by using the pull down menus and/or by typing comments into text boxes.
• Fill out the evaluation form completely.
• Print three copies of the evaluation form (one for yourself, one for the teacher candidate
and one for you). It is very important that you make the printouts before you submit
your responses. They will disappear after you click the “SUBMIT” button.
• Click the “SUBMIT” button. A web page should come up thanking you for
completing the evaluation form. If an error message appears, please e-mail any
questions or comments to ?????????@unomaha.edu or call 554-6085.
To email electronic copies of your evaluation to your student teachers and/or their cooperating
• Download PDF Creator 9.5 at
• When you print -make sure you print to this and a new window appears for you to save
the file as a PDF.
• Save the file and then email as an attachment.
• When you file and print a button PDF option appears lower right hand corner.
• Select this and save as a electronic file and email as an attachment.
MIDTERM SEARCH DIRECTIONS CAN BE FOUND ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS
Thank you for completing your evaluation and thank you again for all you do in your role in
preparing future teachers.