Field Experience Associates

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Field Experience Associates

 

 

 

Roles and Responsibilities

Field experience associates (FEAs) participate in the development and implementation of the field experiences programs administered by the Faculty of Education. The faculty, in designing and developing its programs, seeks to integrate theory with practice and FEAs play a key role in achieving this integration of on-campus coursework with the field experience. Field experience associates also act as liaisons between the University of Alberta and its school partners.

Field Experience Associates:

  • Assist placement coordinators in placing student teachers for the IFX and AFX field experiences;
  • Develop and teach EDFX 325/350 seminar and ensure student teachers understand processes and policies related to field experiences;
  • Support mentor teachers, student teachers, school coordinators and university facilitators in understanding their roles and responsibilities;
  • Support second attempt students;
  • Support students requiring accommodations;
  • Provide support for IFX and AFX regional placements;
  • Provide support for EDFX 490 field experience students.
  • For IFX practicums:
    • Provide a differentiated level of support to mentor teachers, and student teachers depending on needs;
    • Ensure mentor teachers receive introductory emails from student teachers prior to the start of the IFX field experience;
    • Provide weekly updates to mentor teachers, student teachers, and school coordinators;
    • Support mentor teachers in issuing Notifications of Concern, if necessary;
    • Oversee and manage all placement terminations;
    • Ensure that IFX student teachers have prepared the initial growth plan (by day 10);
    • Guide student teachers who want to apply for the Alberta Retired Teachers Award;
    • Collect final assessments from IFX mentor teachers, review the draft of the final assessment and provide feedback to the mentor teacher, if needed. Submit an official copy of the final assessment to eClass for student access.
  • For AFX Field Experiences:
    • Support university facilitators in the completion of their roles and responsibilities;
    • Communicate weekly with university facilitators and monitor for potential issues;
    • Support university facilitators in problem solving to ensure best possible outcome in dealing with placement concerns;
    • Support university facilitators in issuing Notifications of Concern, if necessary;
    • Oversee and manage all placement terminations;
    • Collect final assessments from university facilitators, review the draft of the final assessment and provide feedback if needed. Submit an official copy of the final assessment to eClass for student access.

 

Ways We Can Offer Support

  • providing classroom observations if requested by mentor teacher or student teacher
  • providing a “second set of eyes,”particularly in situations where mentors and/or students may feel the need for another perspective
  • supporting the development of mentoring skills
  • coaching mentor teachers regarding how to provide student teachers with meaningful and effective feedback
  • coaching student teachers regarding how to receive and process mentor feedback
  • assisting with the navigation of the assessment documents
  • helping to problem solve
  • acting as a sounding board
  • facilitating/mediating conversations between mentor teachers and student teachers
  • providing ongoing communication regarding the field experience
  • collaborating with schools to support the ongoing professional development of mentorship capacity within the school