Focus Vol. 1 No. 4 - Supervision Across UC Teacher Education Programs

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Supervision Across UC Teacher Education Programs:
How Data from Student Teachers and Supervisors Can Inform
Program Improvement Efforts

Lisa Sullivan & Kayce Mastrup
University of California, Davis
Guided by a network improvement community consisting of directors and supervisors from eight Universities across California, this work examines current supervision practices and identifies common challenges as a means to understand what effective supervision and feedback to student teachers looks like and entails. Current student teaching evaluation tools and processes used across the eight UC campuses were collected and analyzed. Focus groups were conducted, first beginning with student teachers and then supervisors. Results revealed that conversations and dialogue between student teachers and supervisors, in addition to relationships they build are the most important contributing factors to student teacher growth and progress. Additionally, supervisors across the teacher education programs reported that they would like more professional developme, access to current teacher education research and more evidence based tools to guide their practice.

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