University Facilitators

University facilitators (UFs) are liaisons between the University of Alberta and its school partners.

Mark Stukoski | University Facilitator

 

As practicum learning coaches, it is our mandate to ensure that all student teachers have an opportunity to experience a high level of success not only in their practicum experience, but in their quest to become the educators of tomorrow.

-Mark Stukoski
Zone 4

Roles and Responsibilities

University facilitators support mentor teachers in providing practicum students with the competencies required by the University of Alberta and the Teacher Qualification Standards.

University Facilitators:

  • Support mentor teachers, and student teachers in understanding their roles and responsibilities;
  • Provide a differentiated level of support to mentor teachers, and student teachers depending on needs;
  • Receive and track student teacher introductory emails prior to the start of the AFX practicum;
  • Provide weekly updates to mentor teachers, student teachers, and school coordinators;
  • Collaborate with school coordinators and/or mentor teachers to ensure students are getting feedback from at least one other source besides the mentor teacher;
  • Support mentor teachers in issuing Notifications of Concern, if necessary;
  • Ensure the field experience associate is aware of potential issues, Notifications of Concern, and terminations;
  • Ensure that AFX student teachers have prepared the initial growth plan (by day 10) and reviewed the initial growth plan (by day 25) with the mentor teacher;
  • Collect final evaluations from mentor teachers, review the draft of the final evaluation to ensure that it is fair, complete, and accurate and provide feedback to the mentor teacher if needed. Submit the evaluation to the field experience associate;
  • Visit assigned schools at least twice per term;
  • Participate in field experience meetings as required.

 

Application Information

University facilitators (UFs) are academic staff and retired teachers. They report to a field experience associates and provide support to student teachers, and mentor teachers.

University facilitators are hired on a contract basis.

If you are an educator with a valid Alberta teaching certificate and are interested in becoming a university facilitator, please complete and submit the UF Application form (available on the EDFX website under FORMS).

Completed applications with attached curriculum vitae (resume) should be emailed to: educinfo@ualberta.ca

 

AFX Week by Week Guidelines

  • Initiate and maintain communication with mentor teachers and/or school coordinators to support progress of student teachers.
  • Ensure the school coordinators have recorded the emergency contact information provided by student teachers in their introductory email.
  • Initiate and maintain communication with student teachers.
  • Ensure that student teachers are aware of: 1. delete and withdrawal dates, 2. the competencies they are required to demonstrate by the end of their practicum (as outlined on the final evaluation form), the AFX growth plan.
  • Remind student teachers to begin to explore opportunities for extracurricular involvement.
  • Reinforce the ATA Professional Code of Conduct and Alberta Education Teacher Quality Standards (TQS) within the context of the field experience.
  • Remind mentor teachers and student teachers to discuss lesson and unit plan formats and expectations.
  • Address questions/issues from student teachers, mentor teachers or school coordinators regarding: growth Plan, midpoint growth plan review, or final evaluation.
  • Review the reasons and conditions for issuing a Notification of Concern.  Please err on the side of caution, as this tool gives mentor teachers and university facilitators an opportunity to identify concerns and provide coaching support for the student teachers.  An NOC also allows an opportunity for the student teachers to demonstrate growth in the identified area(s).  It is better to issue a NOC in weeks 2-6 rather than week 7 or 8 as one or two weeks may not provide student teachers with enough time to gain experience in addressing areas of concern.
  • Respond in a timely and consistent fashion to requests for assistance and formal evaluations from school coordinators, mentor teachers and student teachers, particularly if student teachers are experiencing difficulties.
  • Communicate issues/concerns with field experience associate in a timely manner.

Days 6-10 (Wk. 2) Guidelines

  • Ensure student teachers have completed their AFX growth plan by day 10.
  • Ensure that the teaching and planning load is consistent with university expectations.
  • Remind student teachers to participate in co-curricular/extra-curricular activities.
  • Encourage the mentor teacher to engage in regular reflective conversations with the student teacher.
  • Share suggested student teacher observation questions with mentor teacher.
  • Foster and monitor the mentor teacher and student teacher relationship.
  • Identify and discuss any issues with student teachers and/or mentor teachers.
  • Provide differentiated support to mentor teachers and student teachers as required.
  • Support mentor teacher in issuing a Notification of Concern, if warranted.
  • Communicate issues/concerns with field experience associate in a timely manner.

Days 11-30 (Wk. 3-6) Guidelines

  • Continue with existing guidelines/responsibilities.
  • Ensure student teachers and mentor teachers collaborate to complete the growth plan review by day 25.
  • Respond in a timely and consistent fashion to requests for assistance from mentor teachers and student teachers.
  • Ensure that student teachers are aware of withdrawal dates.
  • Communicate issues/concerns with field experience associate in a timely manner.

Days 31-35 (Wk. 7) Guidelines

  • Continue with existing guidelines/responsibilities.

Days 36-40 (Wk. 8) Guidelines

  • Continue with existing guidelines/responsibilities.
  • Review the draft of the final evaluation document with mentor teachers and student teachers. Suggest revisions if necessary.

Days 41-45 (Wk. 9) Guidelines

  • Visit schools to obtain formal and informal feedback from student teachers, and mentor teachers.
  • Collect final evaluation forms and submit to zone FEA via University of Alberta email account.