Welcome Spring 2024 Mentor Teachers!
Click Here for the Welcome Letter Fall 2023 Welcome Letter
IN PREPARATION FOR HOSTING A CSU INTERN, PLEASE REVIEW THE SUPPORT MATERIALS IN THE TOOLBOX BELOW.
OFS ZOOM Office Hours for Mentors:
2023-2024 Tuesdays: 2:30pm-4:30pm
Spring 2024 Mentor Orienation: January 23, 2024
Presentation: CLICK HERE
COMPLETE Mentor Data Form: Please fill out the webform and return by the end of the semester. This form must be completed each semester.
*Please review the Orientation above prior to completing form.
|Request a Letter of Verification for Mentoring
|CPAST / SPA "Look Fors": Please contact Aimee Furio for a copy
OFS Training: Click for Training
Brief CPAST Overview: Click to View
|Mentor At a Glance
|Observation Form : Complete and email a copy to both Intern & Supervisor
Formal Observation Form: (USE this form)
Informal Observation Form: (only use between formal observations)
|Sample Observation Form
|Sample Observation Form
|Substitute Teaching Policy
|For information about Substitute Teaching, CLICK HERE
|Professional Dispostion Checklist
|Professional Disposition Checklist
|OFS Video Consent Forms
|Click for Forms and Policy
|CSU Title IX Policies
Partner Payments: At the end of each semester, Partner payments are made to the District and then disbursed. If you are inquiring about a past payment, please contact your district to determine if the funds were disbursed.
What Makes a Good Mentor Teacher?
The teacher preparation program at Cleveland State University strives to provide teaching Interns with diverse and educative field experiences in area schools in order to prepare them for meaningful and productive careers in teaching. The Office of Field Services seeks quality Mentors who are dedicated to the teaching field as well as to shaping the future of education! Assisting a student Intern is a challenging yet highly rewarding experience that positively impacts one’s own teaching skills.
Quality Mentors are those teachers who:
- Model best practices
- Communicate clearly and effectively
- Look for opportunities to co-plan and co-teach
- Provide supportive yet honest feedback
- Accept training for Mentoring
- Can relinquish control of the classroom
Teachers who agree to serve as Mentors to our Interns must be prepared to:
- Welcome and orient the Intern to the classroom
- Provide time to meet with the Intern to plan and provide feedback
- Share resources and materials
- Remain available at all times, even as the Intern begins to take on independent teaching
- Complete all formal observations and evaluations as required by CSU
- Hold the Intern accountable while providing high levels of support
- Communicate regularly about the Intern’s progress with the student’s University supervisor or course instructor
Teachers who serve as Mentors must be licensed teachers. Those who mentor methods students must have at least one year of teaching experience. Teachers who mentor practicum or student teaching Interns must have at least three years of teaching experience including at least one year in the student’s licensure area.
What Does CSU Expect from Its Teacher Candidates?
We value the development of Interns’ professional dispositions – ways of working, thinking, and interacting with others – in three areas: Professionalism, Work Ethic, and Communication Skills. These are the behaviors and attitudes to which Interns are held accountable while working in area classrooms and schools. We appreciate Mentors who open their classrooms to our students and want to ensure that our Interns serve as trusted and valuable professionals during their Internships. (The Professional Disposition Checklist can be found in the Mentor Toolbox above)
What Types of Field Experiences Do CSU Students Have?
The Office of Field Services at Cleveland State University offers the following teacher licensure programs/endorsements that require field placements
- Early Childhood (PreK–Grade 3)
- Middle Childhood (Grades 4-9)
- Adolescent to Young Adult (Grades 7-12)
- World Languages (Spanish, French, Chinese)
- Special Education (Early Childhood, Mild/Moderate, and Moderate/Intensive)
- Physical Education (K-12)
- Music Education (K-12)
Please follow the links below to obtain additional resources for teachers who are serving as Mentors to methods, practicum, or student teaching Interns:
USEFUL LINKS FOR Mentor TEACHERS
- Forms: Click for Student, Supervisor, and Mentor Forms
- Levin College of Public Affairs and Education
- Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education
- Education Student Service Center (ESSC)