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Spring 2020 Clinical and Student Teaching Plans in Response to COVID-19

Note: All of the following information applies to Spring 2020 semester ONLY.

CED 100, CED 150 and CED 200 Students

Some students may have completed all of the required 10 or 20 hours at this point, whereas others may have only partially completed their clinical time.  To complete CED 100 hours, for spring 2020 semester only, consider one of the following approved** alternative options:

  • Virtual or face-to-face tutoring support with a student working on NTI assignments in your local community or neighborhood
  • Offering virtual or face-to-face assistance to educators or FRYC staff with instruction, technology, food services or other operational support activities
  • Observation of televised or recorded school board meetings
  • Virtual online interview with your cooperating teacher regarding questions about the profession, instructional approaches, differentiating lessons, evaluating students, classroom management or any other topic of interest
  • Completion of online professional development modules that include specific directions for documentation that may soon be added to CED blackboard sites for student use.  More information to follow soon.

** Other options need to be submitted to your clinical educator who will seek approval through the clinical office by emailing the ideas to either Dr. Dantic (james.dantic@eku.edu) or Dr. Porter (diana.porter@eku.edu)

Document these clinical hours in KFETS as well as submit your request for final evaluation and your self-evaluation in Taskstream to your clinical educator.

CED 300 and CED 400 Students

At this point, most students have probably completed about half of the required 45 clinical hours and completed at least one of the lesson observations/teaching with their clinical educator. 

To finish the required clinical hours: Contact (email or phone) your hosting teachers (CCE) and ask what you can do to electronically support them with their NTI instruction (grade papers, help prepare online lessons, provide online tutoring, etc.).  Also consider some of the options listed above for the CED 100/150/200 students.

For lesson observations/teaching:  Work with your CCE and CE to complete these lessons by writing a lesson plan and either video recording your lesson or teaching it live via Zoom for your CE or CCE to observe and evaluate.  After the lesson observation, complete a virtual debriefing with your CE or CCE. This debriefing time should be documented as part of your clinical hours.

Document these clinical hours in KFETS as well as submit a request for observations, final evaluation and self-evaluation in Taskstream to your clinical educator.

CED 450 Students

At this point, most students have only partially completed the required 80 clinical hours and lesson observations/teaching. 

To finish the required clinical hours: To finish the required clinical hours: Contact (email or phone) your hosting teachers (CCE) and ask what you can do to electronically support them with their NTI instruction (grade papers, help prepare online lessons, provide online tutoring, etc.).  Also consider some of the options listed above for the CED 100/150/200 students.

For lesson observations/teaching:  Work with your CCE and CE to complete these lessons by writing a lesson plan and either video recording your lesson or teaching it live via Zoom for your CE or CCE to observe and evaluate.  After the lesson observation, complete a virtual debriefing with your CE or CCE. This debriefing time should be documented as part of your clinical hours.

Document these clinical hours in KFETS as well as submit a request for observations, final evaluation and self-evaluation in Taskstream to your clinical educator.

For CED 450 students who are unable to meet the 200 clinical hour requirement to qualify for student teaching, the clinical office will attempt to seek a waiver from EPSB. These waivers will be completed individually and only in circumstances where a waiver is deemed necessary.


STUDENT TEACHING

Student teaching placements will conclude on the final day of EKU’s spring calendar, May 8, 2020.  Student teachers should support their cooperating teacher through this date, regardless of the number of student teaching days completed.

Student teaching activities:

Kentucky school districts are approved and working to implement NTI instruction for their students.  In this new virtual world, continue to work with your cooperating teachers to support their NTI instructional practices each day NTI instruction is required in the school district.

If you are not participating in NTI instruction or you are not assisting in this process, please contact diana.porter@eku.edu or james.dantic@eku.edu

Student teaching minimum day requirement:

EKU will be following Kentucky’s 70-day requirement as the expectation for days to be completed for student teaching.  NTI days where the student teacher assists the teacher with instruction, assessment, lesson development etc. will be included in this count. 

Additionally, in light of the current circumstances and only for this spring 2020 semester, students should also document professional development occurring during the weekends or non-instructional days and which is not counted for district flexible PD days on their calendars. This may include workshops or conferences related to teaching which students attended prior to the school moving to NTI status.  Copies of conference certificates or documentation of participation must be submitted with your district calendar for these hours/days to be counted toward your days of instruction.  If you are unclear if the conference or professional development attended would count, please contact diana.porter@eku.edu or james.dantic@eku.edu for confirmation.

For this spring 2020 semester only, we will also consider pre-approved online professional development if additional days are needed to meet the 70-day requirement.  In addition, professional development modules with directions for documentation may be added to CED blackboard sites for student use if deemed necessary.

Student teaching documentation of attendance

Student teachers should continue to document their days and submit those monthly calendars to brandy.blackburn@eku.edu at the conclusion of each month.  If updates to previously submitted months are needed to reflect professional develop, please do so and email to Mrs. Blackburn with an explanation.  Any questions regarding calendar documentation or supporting documents should be forwarded to brandy.blackburn@eku.edu or james.dantic@eku.edu

Failure to complete 70-day student teaching requirement

While EPSB is granting waivers for situations in which candidates cannot complete the 70 hours, and EKU had a blanket university waiver approved on 4/13/2020, Itit is still VERY important that all student teachers work to complete this valuable experience. We will require an accurate calendar that includes a count of days as well as an explanation why a student teacher was unable to complete the required minimum 70 days.

Seek opportunities to earn hours during your district’s spring break or weekends that align your own development as a teacher or support the school district educators and students.

Taskstream

At this point, all students should have completed their first two university supervisor observations and one cooperating teacher observation as well as either a solo week plan or unit plan. Many have also completed the DRAKE video and reflection.  Continue completing weekly reflections even though some elements will not be applicable. In those cases, reflect upon the new instructional and assessment activities and challenges under the current conditions.  Continue the Professional Growth Plan as best as possible. 

The final two university supervisor observations and second cooperating teacher observation will be the challenge. Options for completing this include:

  • Utilize your DRAKE video recording and provide that to your university supervisor and cooperating teacher for evaluation. 
  • If you are teaching online NTI lessons with your students for NTI, those taped or live lessons can be used.
  • If you are not actively teaching lessons online, create a lesson that you could use with your current students. Record or use Zoom for a live lesson that your university supervisor and cooperating teacher evaluation.
  • Debriefing with university supervisor and cooperating teacher can also be done virtually using Zoom or another online tool. Debriefing might include a feedback session as well as a discussion about the lesson’s construction and possible delivery dynamics that could occur during that lesson. 

We recognize that these conditions are not ideal and may not perfectly align with the rubric, but we’ll all adjust. Work with university supervisors and cooperating teachers to find opportunities that work in your situation.

The work sample should contain all the same elements that it normally would. Complete and submit the work sample to Taskstream along with the lesson observation, disposition and final evaluation requests in order to successfully complete the course.

Finally, several have already submitted your student voice surveys to Dr. Dantic.  For those of you who are student teaching in a single placement throughout student teaching, please try to survey your students electronically and forward those results to Dr. Dantic james.dantic@eku.edu on the summary spreadsheet sent you earlier this semester.  For those planning to surveying students during the second student teaching placement, the survey does not need to be completed as the students don't know you well enough to make any sort of real evaluation of your practice.

Graduation

EKU has announced the graduation ceremony will be postponed. However, all eligible candidates will graduate and receive diplomas. Diplomas usually arrive in the mail a few weeks after the conclusion of the final semester.  Please note that successful completion of student teaching, as well as any other outstanding course work, is still a requirement for graduation.  Your EPSB application for teaching certification cannot be processed until EKU’s grades are processed through the Registrar’s office, which usually occurs during the weeks following graduation.

Educational Testing Services (ETS) test sites have been closed since the outbreak of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Due to these closures, candidates seeking certification this fall are unable to successfully complete their applicable  Praxis assessments. Therefore, the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) passed a motion on 4/13/2020 that allows applicants who meet all requirements for certification, except successful completion of the requisite assessment, to obtain a one-year certificate for the 2020-2021 school year. Applicants will then be required to complete the requisite assessments prior to continuing in the profession or obtaining full certification.

 


Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Clinical Requirements

CED 820, CED 830 and CED 855 Students

CED 820 students probably have not completed the 40 clinical hours or lesson observations as this is a B term course. Conversely, the CED 830 and CED 855 students should have completed about half of their clinical hours as well one or two observations.  Contact (email or phone) your hosting teachers (CCE) and ask what you can do to electronically support them with their NTI instruction (grade papers, help prepare online lessons, provide online tutoring, etc.).  For spring 2020 semester ONLY, these alternative options have been approved:

  • Virtual or face-to-face tutoring support with a student working on NTI assignments in your local community or neighborhood
  • Offering virtual or face-to-face assistance to educators or FRYC staff with instruction, technology, food services or other operational support activities
  • Observation of televised or recorded school board meetings
  • Virtual online interview with your cooperating teacher regarding questions about the profession, instructional approaches, differentiating lessons, evaluating students, classroom management or any other topic of interest
  • Completion of online professional development modules with specific directions for documentation that may soon be added to CED blackboard sites for student use.  More information to follow soon.

For lesson observations/teaching:  Work with your CCE and CE to complete these lessons by writing a lesson plan and either video recording your lesson or teaching it live via Zoom for your CE or CCE to observe and evaluate.  After the lesson observation, complete a virtual debriefing with your CE or CCE. This debriefing time should be documented as part of your clinical hours.

Document these clinical hours in KFETS as well as submit a request for observations, final evaluation and self-evaluation in Taskstream to your clinical educator.

If you are applying for student teaching next fall, you will be required to complete a total of 200 clinical hours to qualify for placement.

MAT Students Teaching with Temporary Provisional Certification

As you are aware, you are not required to document clinical hours in KFETS as EPSB allows your job teaching to count toward that requirement.  You still must complete lesson observations and may consider providing your clinical educator with a lesson you may have recorded for use with NTI.

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