Intern Support Team

Responsibilities of the Intern Support Team

Each Intern is supported throughout the school year by an Intern Support Team, comprised of the following persons:

  • University Supervisor
  • Intern
  • Campus Mentor Teacher
  • Supervising Administrator

 

It is required that the Intern Support Team meet on or before the first Friday of the school year to develop role clarity and communication plan

 

UNIVERSITY SUPERVISOR

Assigned by the Accelerate Online program, the University Supervisor will conduct observations throughout the year and provide on-going feedback regarding instruction, learning, and classroom management via bi-weekly communication.

 

Responsibility to the Intern

  • Coordinate and conduct the Intern Support Team Meeting
  • Observe the Intern a minimum of four (4) times during the school year
    (2 in the fall semester, 2 in the spring semester; 45 minutes each; written feedback provided within 2 business days)
  • Provide verbal feedback via a face-to-face conference regarding the Intern’s strengths and areas for growth after each observation
  • Maintain bi-weekly communication with the Intern and assist with problems/issues as they arise
  • Monitor the Intern’s assignments and provide feedback
  • Complete a Growth Plan for area/s of concern, if needed

Responsibility to the Campus

  • Communicate with the Mentor Teacher to monitor and support the Intern’s experience
  • Contact the University Supervisor with concerns and/or implementation of Growth Plan immediately

Responsibility to the Accelerate Online Program

  • Complete all duties as outlined in the Accelerate Online University Supervisor Course
  • Monitor and assess Intern assignments
  • Document any infractions of school policy or professionalism and/or unsatisfactory progress in the classroom and notify Accelerate Online immediately
  • Make a final recommendation to Accelerate Online regarding Intern standard certification eligibility

 

INTERN

Responsibility to the Students

  • Create and establish a positive and professional learning environment
  • Develop awareness of students’ diverse learning, social and emotional needs
  • Know/follow curriculum standards (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills/TEKS)
  • Incorporate strategies/materials that are consistent with the students’ instructional levels
  • Provide lesson activities that require cooperation and active participation
  • Maintain confidentiality

Responsibility to the Campus

  • Read the campus staff handbook; be familiar with school policies & procedures
  • Maintain consistent attendance and punctuality
  • Complete district/campus tasks and duties on time
  • Attend all required meetings and professional development
  • Collaborate with colleagues in sharing ideas and materials
  • Welcome constructive feedback & develop a plan for self-reflection
  • Communicate in a tone that is positive, tactful and courteous
  • Dress appropriately according to school dress code

Responsibility to the University Supervisor/Accelerate Online Program

  • Attend the Intern Support Team Meeting, coordinated by the University Supervisor
  • Turn in all submissions and payment fees by the due date/s
  • Communicate bi-weekly with the assigned University Supervisor
  • Seek input and assistance from the Mentor Teacher
  • Welcome feedback and incorporate suggestions into subsequent planning and teaching
  • Notify the University Supervisor immediately of any changes in assignment

 

 

CAMPUS MENTOR TEACHER

The Campus Mentor Teacher is the staff person to whom the Intern will turn to on a frequent basis for answers to questions and to share their professional expertise, knowledge, and skills with the Intern. The mentor teacher is assigned by the campus and/or district administration.

 

Responsibility to the Intern

  • Orient the Intern with the schools’ physical layout, daily bell schedule, discipline policies/ procedures
  • Share “unwritten rules for success” within the school/district
  • Provide resources for creating lesson plans/engaging lessons (apps, websites, blogs, videos, etc.)
  • Explain the use of curriculum guides and other resources for the grade/subject
  • Explain the methods of record keeping for attendance, tardiness, grades, conduct, etc.
  • Discuss emergency procedures such as fire drills, lockdowns, illness, fighting, etc.
  • Provide a specific time for planning and discussing issues on a regular basis
  • Maintain confidentiality

Responsibility to the University Supervisor/Accelerate Online Program

  • Attend the Intern Support Team Meeting, coordinated by the University Supervisor
  • Participate in the Online Mentor Training provided by Texas A&M University
  • Communicate with the University Supervisor on a regular basis regarding progress
  • Contact the University Supervisor with questions and/or concerns immediately

 

SUPERVISING ADMINISTRATOR

The Supervising Administrator will ensure that the Intern understands the schools’ vision, goals, student learning expectations, areas of strengths, and areas of focus.

 

Responsibility to the Intern

  • Ensure that the internship is a one (1) school-year practicum, comprised of 180 instructional days, with an average of four (4) hours per day in the certification area
  • Maintain constant awareness of the Intern's development by means of required observations and walk- through observations
  • Provide feedback regarding the Intern’s strengths and areas for growth
  • Maintain open communication with the Intern and assist with problems

Responsibility to the University Supervisor/Accelerate Online Program

  • Attend the Intern Support Team Meeting, coordinated by the University Supervisor
  • Make a final recommendation to the University Supervisor regarding the Intern’s standard certification eligibility
  • Contact the University Supervisor with questions and/or concerns immediately