Student Teaching Screening Process
Performance Standards Collation
In an effort to standardize the procedures for placing student teachers in Coalition school districts, a Teacher Screening Committee convened on October 12th. The committee agreed that the following process would be followed prior to student teachers being placed in Coalition schools.
Students will maintain a portfolio as part of the initial screening process. The portfolio should contain the following:
Documentation of pre-service field experiences. This can be an anecdotal record or a checklist verified by the student’s advisor. Pre-service experience in the district that is considering the teacher for placement is preferred but not necessary.
Districts have the option to formally interview each prospective student teacher. Specific interview questions and composition of the interview committee are at the discretion of each district.
Each College/University will provide a copy of their student teaching handbook to all cooperating teachers and schools. Post-secondary institutions will also provide one semester-advance notice prior to requesting placement for potential student teachers.
Coalition school districts will provide each college/university’s Education Department the name of the staff member responsible for coordination of student teacher placements.
As a member of the Lycoming-Sullivan County Performance Standards Consortium, Williamsport Area School District has agreed to participate in a student teacher pre-screening initiative. Our prescreening involves a review of a pre-student teaching portfolio. This requirement began in 2002-03 school year, and I reviewed all portfolios that year and last year. A student is supposed to be denied student teaching in this district if no portfolio is submitted or the portfolio is found to be incomplete.
I am asking building principals to review portfolios either before a student teacher begins in your building or during the first week of student teaching. You need to insure that you see the following items:
If any item is missing, the student teacher should provide it before student teaching or at the latest by the end of the first week of student teaching. If it is not provided, let me know and I will take care of getting the item.
When you check the transcript, please check the cumulative average. If it is less than 3.0 please let me know, and I will talk to the university. Note that in Pennsylvania no one can get certification with less than a 3.0 average.
Thank you for doing the actual portfolio review. I will do the legwork if items are missing.
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