Cooperating teachers and internship facilitators must systematically provide support for an intern experiencing difficulty. When the regular cycle of action- feedback-action is not successful, it is extremely important to be candid and frank about the difficulties and to work out the situation. It is important to specifically identify any particular difficulties the intern may be experiencing within these areas as soon as they arise, so that these problems can be collaboratively addressed as soon as possible.
When the intern experiences difficulties that are not being remedied through daily feedback conversations involving 'coaching', 'collaborating' or 'consulting', the cooperating teacher should initiate the next level in the Learning-Focused Supervision model, which is 'calibrating'. In this provision of formal support the cooperating teacher and the intern, with help from the internship facilitator, complete the document titled Calibrating Learning-Focused Supervision and implement the suggested solutions.
If the situation does not improve within a short time frame, a Contract for Improvement should be developed specifying the reasons for concern. These particular expectations for improvement should be supported and provided by the cooperating teacher and by the internship facilitator. The Contract for Improvement must be signed by the intern, cooperating teacher and the internship facilitator.
If the Contract does not catalyze an improvement, then withdrawal from internship may occur.
Over ninety-five percent of those who begin the intensive field experience complete it successfully. Nevertheless, interns may be required to withdraw from the intensive field experience if they are
Cooperating teachers and the internship facilitator must be thorough in documenting reasons for the withdrawal.
An Internship Withdrawal Form should be completed during a meeting that includes the intern, cooperating teacher(s), the internship facilitator and (if possible) the principal of the school so that all stakeholders have a voice.
The Internship Withdrawal Form must be filled out and signed by all parties.
Once the Internship Withdrawl Form is complete, the intern should meet with Field Experience personnel immediately to discuss a plan for a subsequent internship. Interns who withdraw prior to the withdrawal deadline set by the University (usually mid-November) will be assigned a W. Thereafter, the mark assigned is WF or F, depending on the circumstances. An intern withdrawing after the deadline under extenuating circumstances may be assigned a W.
Interns who receive a W, WF, or F will consult with Field Experience personnel in the Programs Office and, based on the specified reasons for withdrawal indicated on the Internship Withdrawal Form , the intern will be apprised of the conditions attached to re-entry into internship.
Interns will not be permitted to re-enter internship until the second term following the internship in which s/he received a W, WF or F and they must demonstrate that they have met all conditions attached to re-entry.
Interns who receive a W, WF or F during their first internship experience must submit an application to the Student Affairs and Academic Standards Committee (SAASC) requesting a second internship placement.
Prior to submitting the application, the intern must again meet with Field Experience personnel in Programs Office who will consult to determine if all conditions attached to re-entry have been met.
if so, a form titled Conditions to Re-Enter Met will be completed.
this form must be attached to the application requesting a second internship and forwarded to the Student Affairs and Academic Standards Committee.
Interns who repeatedly withdraw or are withdrawn from internship can be required by the Student Affairs and Academic Standards Committee to discontinue their studies.
If an intern is not satisfied with the grade decision, an appeal can be made through the University appeal process. This is covered in the Student Appeals in Academic Matters (November 2000) publication available on the University website. See Section III: Substantive Academic Judgment of Nonwritten Course Work. The appeal is initiated with the Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs and Research, using Form A from the aforementioned document. A fee is assessed for appeals. It is refunded if the appeal is successful.
For additional information contact:
College of Education
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University of Saskatchewan