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A Message to Host Teachers from Our Deans


Thank You So Much, Host Teachers!

As host teachers for the John H. Lounsbury School of Education, you are providing a critically important service, both for teacher candidates and for all the children whose lives their careers will ever touch. You have been asked to serve as host teachers because you have demonstrated professional competence, dedication to the teaching profession, willingness to mentor developing teachers, and the personal qualities that are essential to molding the teachers of the future. Your contribution to helping our teacher candidates emerge as accomplished professionals is simply invaluable.

This Host Teacher Handbook is designed to explain our field-based teacher education program to you in sufficient detail for you to understand the characteristics of each stage of our teacher candidates’ preparation and the role you play as a host teacher. In addition, we hope that we have anticipated and answered your questions about our teacher candidates’ duties and responsibilities, forms that need to be completed, timelines for teacher candidates’ activities in your school, and other concerns you might have about our program. Many of the ideas and suggestions offered in this revised handbook were generated by host teachers who volunteered their energies to this effort and their experiences with prospective teachers to help us improve this handbook for your use. If you have any suggestions for improving this handbook, please let us know.

Thank you again for your willingness to host a teacher candidate. We look forward to your collaboration in the preparation of our teacher candidates. We invite your questions, comments, and your active participation in our growing network of partner schools.

Jane Hinson, Ed. D.
Dean, John Lounsbury School of Education


To Our Music Education Host Teachers:

Thank you so much for your willingness to serve as host teachers for our young music educators.  You were identified as hosts because of your talent, dedication and expertise as music educators, and because of the personal qualities we value when we match mentors with our students.  We value your experience in the music education profession, and the skills and guidance that you can give to students who will soon be entering the field of music education. 
This handbook will serve as a guide to you and to our teacher candidates throughout the field-based educational experience.  The handbook expresses what we hope you can do to help our students, and explains to our students what we expect of them.  We hope that it can be helpful and we welcome any suggestions and comments that you may have.

Again, thank you for your help, your cooperation and your expertise.  We truly value your contributions to our students and to the field of music education.

Kenneth J. Procter
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

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