Teacher | Mentor | Negotiator | Evaluator | Resource provider | Counselor | Adviser
These are only some of the roles a university supervisor of student teaching must play in their work with teaching candidates.
So it is with good reason we call our workshop series for university supervisors Supershops. It is because these professionals do a super-job. The many roles supervisors take with teacher candidates require flexibility, sensitivity and authority.
Each year we hire around 45 supervisors (most are part-time). On November 1st, 38 of them attended the fourth Supershop of 2013-2014. Led by Barbara Billington and Amy Jo Lundell, the morning focused on identifying concerns in teacher candidate's progress, clarifying those concerns, exploring strategies for coaching candidates to recognize and plan their own development.
Barbara Billington (Science Education) and Amy Jo Lundell (Clinical Placements Coordinator) co-facilitated the fourth professional development session for all CEHD supervisors on November 1st, 2013.
The content continued from previous sessions on identifying representative performance of state teaching standards, and using mentoring and coaching practices. Upcoming sessions will provide additional coaching and support for the supervisors' individual work with candidates.
We have extended our supervisor workshop content this year to better support our deepening partnerships with area schools. The professionals who supervise CEHD teaching candidates include members of our regular faculty. Additionally many are recruited from the ranks of retired administrators and master teachers, some are doctoral candidates preparing as teacher educators, and others are practicing teachers on sabbatical. They are all experienced educators focused on the preparing the next generation of teachers, and committed to P-12 student success.
Submitted by Bob Utke, Clinical Learning Coordinator