Advising will notify (in writing) the principal, the candidate, relevant district placement personnel, and the UW Faculty/Consultant of the approval or denial of the request. The maximum number of days that will be approved under any condition for any candidate in one semester is 10, consecutive or not consecutive. If a candidate is working in two 8-week Residency experiences, the maximum number of days allowed in any 8-week experience is five. Requests for substituting in content areas or preparation levels different from the Residency assignment will not be approved (e.g., Secondary Social Studies student teacher substituting in Modern Languages).
1 In rare cases, a candidate may substitute in other teachers’ classrooms in which they have observed or assisted with classroom instruction. This is not advisable during Residency because candidates have a time requirement in their assigned classroom that necessitates prioritizing instruction in that classroom. The UW Faculty/Consultant must be notified immediately if a candidate is asked to substitute in this situation.
The resident teacher is expected to devote total focus and responsibility to teaching during the Residency semester. This means other college classes as well as extracurricular activities that interfere with successful completion of Residency are discouraged. That said there may be occasions when candidates are asked to engage in school-related activities that might constitute employment for a district employee (e.g., coaching, yearbook sponsorship, after school tutorial sessions). We expect the student teacher to be prepared to participate in such activities as a volunteer. Candidates may not be compensated for extracurricular school-related activities during the official term of the Residency semester. The potential for conflicts of interest related to disciplinary situations and issues of liability are the basis for requiring these activities be voluntary (not compensated) during the Residency experience.
The intent of these policies is to find a balance between the unusual circumstances that sometimes befall largely rural school districts and the need to assure a quality, mentored experience for candidates as they prepare to enter the teaching profession. Districts, teachers, and/or candidates who fail to comply with these policies may be sanctioned with a probationary period for future mentor teacher assignments or the withholding of the Institutional Recommendation for certification.