A critical component of the internship is the time that Interns, Cooperating Teachers, and University Supervisors spend in conferences. These conferences are opportunities to plan, clarify expectations, share suggestions and ideas, review student work, critique Intern performance and progress, and develop improvement plans. The Reflective Practitioner model includes carefully planned and sequenced opportunities for this to take place.
The Preliminary Conference will serve to review the Performance Dimension expectations, train the cooperating teacher to use the ADEPT SAFE-T, clarify procedures and policies of the school and classroom, establish a schedule for the Intern to assume instructional responsibilities, ask questions, and clarify the roles and expectations of all parties.
The Weekly Conference is a meeting between the Cooperating Teacher and the Intern for the discussion of the Intern's progress-to-date and plans for the next week. The Cooperating Teacher will establish the time and place for this conference. The Cooperating Teacher will share the strengths and weaknesses observed during the previous week and develop a plan to address the Intern's weaknesses and to continue to reinforce the Intern's strengths during the upcoming week. The Intern will receive a copy of the Weekly Conference Summary for his or her records and will then forward a copy to the University Supervisor before the next Weekly Conference.
OBSERVATIONS BY UNIVERSITY SUPERVISORS
The University Supervisor will formally observe the Intern no less than four times. Three observations will utilize the SCOE Observation Rubric and one observation will utilize the ADEPT Observation Form. Two observations will take place prior to the Formative Conference and one observation and the ADEPT will take place between the Formative and Summative Conferences. Interns should be knowledgeable about the ADEPT and SCOE requirements so that they are properly prepared for their observations and their teaching responsibilities.
OBSERVATIONS BY COOPERATING TEACHER
The Cooperating Teacher will formally observe and provide written feedback to the Intern no less than once a week.
The purpose of the Formative Evaluation Conference is to give the intern a formal assessment of his or her progress. The conference is held at the midpoint in the Internship, not later than week eight. The conference will also serve to document the intern's mastery of required Professional Behaviors and Dispositions.
The Formative Evaluation is completed during this conference. This evaluation should identify both the strengths and weaknesses of the intern at this point in the internship. Specific improvement goals and suggestions must be written for all areas of weaknesses. This Formative Evaluation is not a final evaluation, but rather a checkpoint of progress. All three parties, Intern, Cooperating Teacher, and University Supervisor will share their perspectives based upon prior written observations and conversations relating to the Intern's performance.
In preparation for the Formative Conference the Intern should:
In preparation for the Formative Conference the University Supervisor and the Cooperating Teacher should each:
At the conclusion of the conference, the University Supervisor will summarize the conference conclusions based upon a consensus of all parties and record the Intern's scores on the Formative Evaluation. A rating of 1 or 2 for the Formative Evaluation requires the attachment of written evidence to support the ratings and the development of an Intern Improvement Plan A rating of a 4 for the Formative Evaluation also requires the attachment of written evidence to support the rating.
The University Supervisor and the Cooperating Teacher will each complete an official Dispositions Rating Form at the conclusion of the Formative Evaluation. An attachment of written evidence is required for each Disposition that bears a rating of 1. In addition, the Dispositions showing weaknesses must be addressed on an Intern Improvement Plan.
The Summative Evaluation Conference is held not later than week sixteen of the internship. The University Supervisor, Cooperating Teacher, and the Intern will review all observation feedback, Formative Conference evaluations, and any Improvement Plans created for the Intern. Each party will have the opportunity to share their comments and ratings on the Summative Evaluations as well as the Dispositions. This conference will produce a final evaluation of the Intern's progress and ability to take on the responsibilities of a classroom teacher.
In preparation for the Summative Conference the Intern should:
In preparation for the Summative Conference the University Supervisor and the Cooperating Teacher should each:
The University Supervisor will complete the final, and official, ratings on the Performance Dimensions and Dispositions. If a portfolio is required, the intern will retain and place the Summative Evaluations that were prepared prior to the conference by all of the parties in his/her portfolio. The University Supervisor will take responsibility for providing SCOE with written copies of the Formative and Summative Evaluations as well as the final Dispositions Rating Forms that were completed by the University Supervisor and the Cooperating Teacher individually. The University Supervisor will also take responsibility for entering the Formative and Summative Evaluations and the final Dispositions Rating Forms from the Cooperating Teacher and the University Supervisor into LiveText.
A rating of 1 or 2 for the Summative Evaluation requires the attachment of written evidence to support the ratings and a referral to the Program Chairperson. The Program Chairperson will schedule a conference with the University Supervisor and the Intern to decide on a course of action, which will be forwarded as a recommendation to the Dean. A rating of a 4 for the Summative Evaluation also requires the attachment of written evidence to support the rating.
A rating of 1 for any Disposition requires the attachment of written evidence to support the ratings and a referral to the Program Chairperson. The Program Chairperson will schedule a conference with the University Supervisor and the Intern to decide on a course of action, which will be forwarded as a recommendation to the Dean.