Field Supervisor Responsibilities
- Act as a liaison between the participating schools and the UHV College of Education and Human Development. This includes communication with principals, cooperating teachers, student teachers, and the Director of Field Experiences.
- Conduct a student teacher orientation at the beginning of the semester that emphasizes responsibilities (academic, moral, ethical, legal) and the information needed to make a smooth transition from being a university student to being a successful teacher.
- Conduct a local orientation for cooperating teachers to provide information concerning the program, required responsibilities, and effective communication with the student teacher and field supervisor.
- Observe, assess, and evaluate student teachers on a regular basis regarding teaching, planning, management, and professionalism.
- Guide the student teacher’s growth in reflective thinking and self-evaluation.
- Evaluate the student teacher’s lesson plans and provide verbal and /or written feedback.
- Complete with the cooperating teacher a mid-point and final evaluation of each student teacher and write recommendations. If the student teacher is student teaching in a dual placement, a mid-point and final evaluation must be completed for each student teaching assignment.
- Participate in a three-way evaluation conference (at least 20 minutes) with the student teacher and cooperating teacher at the mid-point and end of the semester.
- Provide the student teacher with a “Growth Plan” if there are problematic areas that need special attention. In such instances, the Director of Field Experiences must be contacted by the university supervisor to discuss the need for a Growth Plan. The development of a Growth Plan must first be approved by the Director of Field Experiences. If a Growth Plan is developed, it will be constructed by the cooperating teacher, university supervisor, and the Director of Field Experiences. Implementation of the Growth Plan must adhere to university guidelines and requires the approval of the Director of Field Experiences and signatures from the cooperating teacher, and university supervisor.
- Document thoroughly any infractions of school policy or professionalism, as well as unsatisfactory progress in classroom instruction and management.
- Communicate regularly with the Director of Field Experiences about areas of concern or make suggestions for programmatic changes.
- Serve as a mentor to a new student teaching supervisor, if requested.
- Unless there are extreme circumstances, no placement arrangements can be changed during the student teaching semester without the knowledge of the Director of Field Experiences.