Board Policies – Section M – Relations with Other Education Agencies
MFB – Practice Teaching
The board encourages the use of student teachers and observer-aides and will endeavor to cooperate with colleges and universities in the state when the need arises. All agreements for student teaching and observer-aides shall be reduced to writing and approved by the superintendent.
Approved: June 22, 1993
MFB-R Practice Teaching
Because of the many individuals and institutions normally involved in a student teaching program in the district, the following rules will be followed:
The primary responsibility of the schools of the district is to make available to the students the best possible educational program commensurate with the available resources of the community.
The initial contact with the faculty members in regard to assisting with the student teaching program is to be made as follows:
Making Contact with Director or Principals
Those in charge of the student teacher program at the college level are to contact the designated administrator.
Assignment of Student Teaching
Any teacher not wishing to have a student teacher may so indicate to his/her principal and no student teacher will be assigned to that individual until he or she indicates a change in decision.
Instructors are not eligible for student teachers until after they have been in the district for one complete year. Any exception to this rule must have the approval of the superintendent.
Limit of Student Teachers for Faculty Members
No more than one student teacher will be assigned to a supervising teacher during a given training period without approval of the superintendent.
Supervision of Student Teachers
The supervising teacher must be in the classroom at all times during the first twenty days of each quarter of student training period. This is to be the minimum requirement and it may be that some teachers feel that the time should be longer that twenty days before the regular teacher is out of the classroom.
Even during the period of student training after the minimum time of twenty days is completed and the classroom teacher is out of the classroom, the supervising teacher is not to leave the building when the student teacher has charge of the class. The only exception to the above would be in the case of the student teacher taking over the regular duties of the classroom teacher due to an excused absence for the supervising teacher by the superintendent.
Persons designated by the colleges as coordinators may observe classroom procedure at the time when the student teacher has assumed responsibility for the class. The supervising teacher shall be consulted as to suitable times for such visits by college coordinators. The public school teacher is not expected to change his schedule for the convenience of the college coordinator. At the same time, the supervising teacher is to inform the principal of the building of said schedule.
Schedule of Conferences
Representatives from the colleges in charge of student teaching shall arrange with the appropriate administrator, a reasonable schedule of conferences with the supervising teacher for a report on the student teacher.
It shall be the responsibility of the classroom teacher in the district to report to the principal of his/her building any and all violations of the above listed rules pertaining to student teaching. Such violations are to be reported immediately by the principal to the director of elementary or secondary education.
Cooperation with School Administrators
The principals and the central office administrators are entitled to have all arrangements made with their full knowledge and according to the pattern set forth herein in the above rules.
The prevailing rate of pay for supervising student teachers shall be paid by the college to the board for each teaching period. This amount, in turn, is to be paid to the supervising teacher.
Procedures Related to Student Teachers and Observer-Aide
Dismissal, Assignment Change and Hearings
The building principal has the authority to dismiss any student teacher or observer-aide for any reason which in the principal’s judgment is for the betterment of the school. The cooperating college shall be notified by telephone of the principal’s decision to dismiss a student teacher or observer. The principal will provide the college with a written record of the reason for the decision for dismissal.
The college will notify the student teacher or observer of the principal’s decision to terminate his assignment. If the student teacher or observer-aide reports to the school before the college has notified the student teacher or observer-aide of the termination, then the building principal shall notify the student teacher or observer-aide of his decision and shall instruct the student teacher or observer-aide to report to his supervisor at the college.
The building principal shall notify the college of any change in assignment of a student teacher or observer-aide made within the building.
The building principal may appear as a witness at any hearing the college might conduct in regard to the dismissal of the student teacher or observer-aide from the building assignment or from teacher education program, if the college requests that the principal shall appear. The principal may suggest to the college that the supervising teacher or other school personnel also be present at the hearing.
The principal will notify the superintendent of any dismissal, assignment changes or hearings of student teachers or observer-aides. A copy of the written report to the college will be sent to the superintendent.
Public school students will not be asked by the principal to be present at any hearing the college may conduct unless specifically authorized by the superintendent.
Observer-aides: Initial Contact
Observer-aide assignments will be worked out cooperatively by the appropriate administrators together with the designated coordinators of observer-aides from Emporia State University.
Assignment of Observer-Aides
The assignment of observer-aides to classroom teachers in the schools is to be voluntary on the part of the classroom teacher. All those who indicate the desire to take observer-aides must be approved by the building principal.
Limit of Observer-Aides for Faculty Members
The number of Observer-aides to be given to any one teacher at a certain time is to be determined jointly by the classroom teacher, the building principal and the college supervisor of observer-aides. It is anticipated that generally the number of observer-aides in any one classroom at any given time will be no more than one.
Supervision of Observer-Aides
Supervision of observer-aides is essentially the responsibility of the classroom teacher and the building principal. If college supervisors are to visit classrooms, the visitation is to be for the purpose of observing observer-aides rather than the regular classroom teacher.
College supervisors are to check in at the school office prior to visiting an observer-aide.
Approved: June 22, 1993