Posted: June 13, 2016
IUPUI’s elementary teacher education program is designed to produce critically conscious teachers who can successfully teach in urban communities. Program faculty collaborate with local urban schools to develop partnerships that offer critical clinical experiences from the beginning of the four semester program through student teaching. These experiences are intentionally designed to explore both the racial and other social injustices perpetuated by schools, as well as the often-ignored strengths of urban communities and families. Our aim is to produce teachers who can challenge these inequities and teach for social justice in urban schools.
Currently, we are seeking experienced urban elementary educators (masters degree in elementary education or related field with qualifying experience) to supervise groups of 12-15 pre-service elementary teachers as they student teach during the 2016-2017 school year. Student teaching supervisors must be skilled at both identifying racial and other inequities that exist in schools, and supporting IUPUI student teachers in challenging pervasive deficit views that often accompany these inequities. They are responsible for providing student teachers with critical feedback around how teacher actions support or do not support equitable instruction, social justice, and positive teacher and student identity development including racial identity development.
A university supervisor is responsible for the following:
- Visiting student teachers one-day a week during the first six weeks of each semester. The program coordinator will determine the day of the week in consultation with the supervisor.
- Visiting student teachers two to three days a week (with flexible hours, during the school day) during weeks 8-15 of the semester. During this time a minimum of two formal evaluations and two informal evaluations of student teaching are completed. Guidelines and forms for these observations are provided.
- Organizing and facilitating a 1-2 hour student teaching seminar, which meets 6 times per semester (total of 10 hours), to debrief as a group on student teaching. Guidelines for seminars are provided.
- Organizing and leading a “check in meeting” with the mentor teachers (teachers who are hosting our pre-service teachers) once during the semester, which can take place individually with mentor teachers or at the grade level.
- Collecting end of the semester paperwork from mentor teachers and, if applicable, assisting with placements for the next semester.