Student Teacher/Observer Placement Procedures
All practicum, student teacher, and observation applicants must be enrolled in a State Board of Education approved college/university education program. The college/university must also have a current contract on file with Round Lake Area School District 116 prior to submitting a request for placement. The request should be directed to Round Lake Area Schools Human Resources Department. The request may be emailed to Luz Leal at LLeal@rlas-116.org or faxed to 847-348-9408. Requests received at the building level will be referred to the Human Resources Department and will need to follow the appropriate process outlined below. This will ensure that the student has met the university and the district eligibility requirements for the placement(s) requested.
The written requests from the college/university should contain the following information:
- A letter of request from a college/university placement coordinator containing information in regards to the placement requested, such as the name of the student, type of placement (e.g. observation, practicum, student teaching, etc.), number of hours/days required for the placement, specific dates (not semesters) for the placement, grade level and/or subject area, etc.
- Student's resume
- Student's transcripts (for student teaching only)
- Confirmation forms to be returned to the college/university
- Any other items required by the college/university
- By November 15th for Winter/Spring placements
- By May 1st for Fall placements
The placement application materials will be shared with building administrators and the potential cooperating teacher. Interviews with candidates will be conducted by the building administrator and/or the potential cooperating teacher. Upon agreement between the Human Resources Department, building administrator, and cooperating teacher, the Human Resources Department will confirm (or deny) the placement request directly with the university placement official.
Student teachers who are accepted into the program must have the following on file with the Human Resources Department prior to beginning their student teaching:
- A fingerprint background check completed at the Round Lake Area Schools district office.
- A physical exam performed by a licensed health care provider stating that the individual is healthy and free of communicable disease.
- Verification of viewing the mandatory online training tutorials through GCN (Global Compliance Network).
Reasonable effort will be made to equalize the distribution of student teachers within the district, and across the spectrum of submitting colleges/universities. Placements will be done based on the following criteria: availability of qualified staff/teacher(s) in requested areas, willingness of schools to take a student, and outcome of student interview between principal, student, and cooperating teacher. The district will make every effort to place students at their requested location or with the requested teacher/principal. However, if the request cannot be met, we will forward the request to all remaining schools that are accepting student teachers in the subject/level, unless requested otherwise.
A cooperating teacher shall:
- Possess a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and have attained tenure.
- Must be an exemplary model for the profession and demonstrate the ability and willingness to share their talent and experience.
- They must demonstrate the ability to make evaluative judgement and provide meaningful feedback on instruction and assessment practices.
- The cooperating teacher will be responsible for the class and will not delegate instructional responsibilities until the student teacher has displayed the proficiency to accept them.
- Student teachers will not be placed in settings in which personal relationships or previous experience could interfere with objective evaluation of the student teacher.
- Acceptance of a student will be voluntary.
- A cooperating teacher will not be assigned more than one student teacher per school year.