Advance the profession. Become a school associate.
At SFU, we're committed to developing outstanding teachers. But we need your help.
If you're an experienced educator who's willing to collaborate and share your classroom with someone excited to join the profession, consider becoming a mentor and school associate today.
Why become a school associate?
Most school associates agree that mentoring a student teacher is a professionally enriching experience unlike any other. Often, school associates learn just as much, if not more, than the student teacher.
- Advance your career by becoming a leader and mentor
- Learn something new at SFU by using your Tuition Fee Credits
- Reflect on your instructional practice by observing student teachers
- Discover the latest theories research by engaging with student teachers
- Help students by attracting talented new teachers to your school
- Grow your community by building relationships with future teachers
- Give back to the profession by sharing your skills and experience
"The student teacher we have today will be the colleague that you have down the hall tomorrow. And that's something worth investing time in."
Become a school associate. Speak to you administrator today!
WHAT IS A SCHOOL ASSOCIATE?
School associates are experienced educators who mentor high-calibre student teachers though various stages of their teacher education program.
Our student teachers have passed a rigorous and competitive application process that includes exceptional professional references, previous experience working with school-aged children, and the successful completion of university coursework.
WHO CAN BECOME A SCHOOL ASSOCIATE?
For this role, we welcome generalist elementary school teachers (K–7), as well as secondary school teachers in the following subject areas:
- Computing science
- Core French
- French immersion (all subjects)
- Language arts
- Physical and health education
- Science—biology, chemistry, physics and earth science
- Social studies
- Visual arts
WHAT DOES A SCHOOL ASSOCIATE DO?
School associates help student teachers make sense of the vast and complex world of educational practice. This means inviting student teachers into your classroom to observe your teaching practice, as well as mentoring and supporting them as they develop their own instructional practice.
As a school associate, no two days will be the same, but you can expect to:
- Schedule regular meetings with student teachers to discuss expectations, instructional responsibilities and their development;
- Share resources and understandings of what, how and why you teach;
- Provide ongoing feedback, informally and in writing;
- Liaise with faculty associates to discuss the extent and nature of the student teacher’s growth.
WHAT IS THE PLACEMENT SCHEDULE LIKE?
The placement schedule depends on which program the student teacher is completing. You can view our range of professional programs here.
The Professional Development Program (PDP)—our largest program—has two placement semesters:
- Spring: Five-week school experience (Feb–Mar)
- Fall: Ten-week certifying practicum (Sep–Dec)
Spring placement (5 weeks)
This five-week, introductory placement takes place in the PDP's second semester. Working around spring break, it is generally divided into two parts (see below). In the later weeks, student teachers are expected to teach a mini-unit of approximately five lessons.
- School and classroom observations (one week)
- Classroom experiences (four weeks)
Fall placement (10 weeks)
Student teachers complete a ten-week certifying practicum during the PDP's fourth and final semester. During this time, they are expected to assume 75–80 per cent of instructional time. This program is structured to equip students with 12 months of preparation, including courses on methodology, before they begin their practicum semester.
HOW DO I REGISTER MY INTEREST?
Please speak to your school administrator about becoming a school associate. School associates MUST be recommended to SFU by their administrator.
If you are a school administrator, please use the school associate recruitment form to register a teacher's interest. Registering a teacher's interest does not guarantee that a student teacher will be placed with them.
For more information, please contact our placement coordinators:
BECOME A SCHOOL ASSOCIATE - SPRING 2021
We are always pleased to accept the names of school associates. For Spring 2021, please speak to your administrator or contact our team today!
We are here to support you while you mentor your student teacher, especially during this unusual year. We can be as flexible and adaptable as needed—whether you are teaching students face-to-face, online, hybrid, in the quarter system or on a linear timeline. Please reach out if you have any questions about your unique situation.
When I went through the PDP I had an amazing experience and I was mentored by some incredible teachers that I learned so much from. Now as a school associate, I love seeing the energy that the student teachers bring into my classroom. They're so excited. It's contageous.
- Tami McDiarmid