• Student Teacher/Practicum/Observation Placement Procedures

    Students will be considered for placement(s) based upon the receipt of a written request provided by a college/university placement representative. The request should be directed to Carla Bonastia at bonastiac@district65.net or faxed to (847) 866-7284. Requests received at the school building level will be referred to the Human Resources Department and will need to follow the same process outlined below. This will ensure that the student has met the university eligibility requirements for the placement(s) requested and has the necessary clearances from the university and/or District 65. Walk-in and phone call inquiries received directly from students will not be accepted.

    The written requests should contain the following information:

    • Cover letter from a college/university placement representative containing information about the placement requested, such as the name of the student, type of placement (e.g. observation, practicum, student teaching, etc.), number of hours/days required for the placement, specific dates (not semesters) for the placement, grade level and/or subject area, etc.
    • Student's resume
    • Student's transcripts (for student teaching only)
    • Confirmation forms to be returned to the college/university
    • Any other items required by the college/university and/or determined necessary by District 65

    This information will be maintained in the Human Resources Department for a period of one year from the date of placement.

    As required by the teacher's union contract in District 65, a cooperating teacher shall possess a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and have attained tenure with District 65. Acceptance of a student will be voluntary. Reasonable effort will be made to equalize the distribution of student teachers within the district, and across the spectrum of submitting colleges/universities. Colleges/Universities providing student teachers to the District shall hold the District and the cooperating teacher harmless from any claims and liabilities arising from the student teaching and other clinical experiences.

    This policy is for placement of students for ANY observation, practicum or student teaching requirements; whether for an individual class, or for their final degree.

    Selection Procedures
    The placement application materials will be shared with building administrators and the potential cooperating teacher. Interview with candidates may be conducted, if requested by the building administrator and/or the potential cooperating teacher. Upon agreement between the Human Resources Department, building administrator, and cooperating teacher, the Human Resources Department will confirm (or deny) the placement request directly with the university placement official.