The School of Education has received a $11,000 donation from the Meemic Foundation to say thank-you to the many cooperating teachers who generously share their classrooms with the School’s teacher candidates.
More than 600 students from introductory classes to student teachers spend numerous weeks in local elementary and high school classrooms every year. “Cooperating teachers are required by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to take an initial cooperating teacher verification workshop before they are assigned a student teacher. They do this work to help build our profession without a lot of recognition. Meemic has stepped up to help us build a celebration of and recognize this work,” said Kristen Taylor, director of UWM’s Office of Clinical Experiences.
Last May for the first time the Office was able to honor approximately 125 of these teachers at its first annual gala dinner at the Italian Community Center, thanks to an $8,500 grant from the Meemic Foundation. “This latest donation will once again allow us to host a Gala event for two hundred cooperating teachers to honor their professional service. An additional grant is also helping our team to provide deeper training for cooperating teachers in mentoring, coaching and co-teaching strategies that help build new professionals who are ready to deliver culturally relevant quality learning,” said Taylor.
The Meemic Foundation is funded through Meemic Insurance Company and focuses on supporting the efforts of educators. The insurance company was founded in 1950 to serve the special insurance needs of teachers, according to Pam Harlin, administrator of the Foundation.
Over the years, the Foundation has worked to provide support for a variety of projects related to education. “Everything we do is to give back to education,” said Harlin. “We never forget who we are and where we came from.”
UWM’s collaboration with Meemic also connects teachers in the Milwaukee area with a free membership to the Foundation Club that connects teachers to other grants and free workshops. For more information, please visit the Meemic Foundation website.
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