HCPSS MPIA Request #2018-250

Requested Information
To learn about how teacher preparation programs place their student teacher candidates, we request the following documents from Howard County Public School System as provided for by Maryland Public Information Act, Maryland's regulation regarding public records:
1) One copy of any and all contracts, memoranda of agreement, memoranda of understanding, placement agreements, or like documents which the Howard County Public School System has entered into with any institution(s) of higher education during the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school years regarding placement of teacher candidates in student teaching arrangements in district schools.
2) One copy of any letters or documents received by the Howard County Public School System from institutions of higher education during the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school years requesting cooperating teachers and/or explaining the process by which cooperating teachers are selected.
[UPDATED NOTE FOR CLARIFICATION ADDED 12/04/17: item #2 is to include copies of correspondence, such as emails or letters, regarding student teaching placements. However, please do not send documents submitted by individual student teachers describing their qualifications (transcripts, personal essays, etc.). Also, please send blank or redacted copies of any documents with information about cooperating teachers. We are seeking information about the process by which student teachers are placed with cooperating teachers, whatever that process may be.]
3) One copy of each type of form returned by the Howard County Public School System to institutions of higher education during the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school years to provide information about cooperating teachers. Please do NOT send completed applications! Please send blank or redacted copies. We are seeking information about the forms or applications, not individual cooperating teachers.
4) One copy of any handbook regarding student teaching arrangements provided to the Howard County Public School System by any institution(s) of higher education during the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school years.
Status
Complete
Response Notes

Please note, per request to include only form/blank documents we have removed identifying/personal information used and/or given by institutions of higher education from all responsive documents.

Responsive to the specific request for handbooks given to HCPSS by institutions of higher education regarding student teaching arrangements, our Teacher and Paraprofessional Development and Support Office indicates if used, these would be given directly to a mentor teacher by the placed students - request withdrawn. 

Responsive Documents
Contracts/MOUs that HCPSS entered into with institutions of higher education for student teaching placements during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years. Please note, one of the attached is the current draft form of an MOU in the process of getting final review/signatures.
Emails from institutions of higher education regarding student teaching position placement requests – Please note, these are correspondence received by the HCPSS Teacher and Paraprofessional Development and Support Office outside of those entered into an online request database (see form documents below).
Documents sent to institutions of higher education regarding student teaching position placements, this includes HCPSS’ guidelines for placement, instructions for completing the HCPSS placement application, and sample correspondence sent to students and institutions during this process. Please note, the fields shown in the instructions for completing the HCPSS placement application make up the online database used by most institutions of higher education to request student teaching placements.

*Some request language is summarized to include the requester’s specific document requests and remove legally protected information (such as personally identifiable information of a student).

**Responses that contain legally protected information are not posted to this site – these responses are set directly to requesters. Howard County Public Schools reserves the right to remove erroneous or outdated documents from this site.