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The district must have agreements with all colleges/universities requesting to place student teachers in Tacoma schools. The procedures for developing and implementing a student-teacher agreement are as follows:
- The college/university representative shall present a student-teacher agreement to the administrator in charge of the Professional Development office for review and approval. Upon the director’s approval he/she shall forward the agreement to the finance office for further review and approval by the superintendent or deputy superintendent.
- The administrator in charge of the Professional Development office shall
- coordinate the institution’s request for placement with principals to determine if placements are possible in the subject areas requested.
- The college supervisor shall be notified of placements that can be accepted during the quarter/semester.
- Assignment shall be made with the approval of the cooperating staff member and the principal.
- A student-teacher shall be assigned to a teacher with no less than three years of teaching experience.
- A supervising teacher shall not be assigned more than one student teacher per school year.
- The supervising teacher shall be responsible for the class and should not delegate responsibilities until the student-teacher has displayed the proficiency to accept
- A student-teacher should assume the same conditions of employment as a regular teacher.
Colleges/universities which request to place students in schools for the purpose of observation or job shadowing outside student teaching assignments may contact a principal directly to receive permission for such placements.
- Step I College/university placement officer contacts principal to inquire about convenience of a student observation placement.
- Step II College/university placement officer notifies Professional Development Office of these placements, indicating student’s name, building name and duration of placement.
NOTE: Placements are not made by student or college/university personnel contacting a teacher unless contact has been made with the principal.
- Step I Teacher completes annual “Request for Student-Teacher Form” indicating willingness to have a student-teacher. Form is submitted to principal.
- Step II Principal signs “Request for Student-Teacher Form” indicating agreement to have student-teacher placement with each teacher request. Signed requests are sent to Professional Development Office.
- Step III Professional Development Office meets with college/university placement officers and matches students to available teachers. Principal may indicate a building maximum of placements to the Professional Development Office.
- Step IV Teacher and principal are notified of placement.
- Step V If the placement is found to be unsatisfactory for any reason, contact is made with the Professional Development Office to discuss the concern or to request a change in assignment by either the principal or the college/university.
- NOTE: At no time should the student or the college/university contact the teacher directly to secure a student teacher placement.
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