School Coordinators (SC) are teachers or administrators who volunteered on behalf of their schools to ensure that the Field Experience is conducted in accordance with the tenets School.
School Coordinators play a key role in making schools programmes successful. They are responsible for driving the programme, and ensuring it is integrated into the wider practice of the school. School Coordinators will be members of the school’s senior leadership team, and will be accountable to the principal. They will influence the thinking and practice of colleagues and other stakeholders across the school community.
Role of School Coordinators
The School Coordinator plays a key leadership role in welcoming and supporting Student Teachers, meeting with Student Teachers and Mentor Teachers. The School Coordinator’s role includes:
- Developing a creative learning community across the school
- to have knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm for creative teaching and learning as a key to raising achievement, aspiration and motivation
- to build a community of creative learning practice across the school, involving all departments as appropriate
- to involve parents, Governors and other members of the community extensively throughout the programme
- to develop, through dialogue with the wider school community, an enquiry based approach which addresses a range of issues relevant to the broader developmental needs of the school and its learners and is linked to the school improvement plan
- to facilitate the long-term development of creative teaching and learning at a structural and systemic level, using the Creative School Development Framework and other resources
- to establish a Creative Partnerships programme plan on an annual basis, linked to the Creative School Development Framework self-assessment process Programme and project management
- to act as a facilitator in school, able to translate the school’s vision for creative learning into practical implementation
- to ensure that children and young people play a meaningful and active role in learning that can truly reflect their interests, needs and enthusiasms
- to take overall responsibility for programme and project management, delegating extensively across the school community and ensuring roles and responsibilities are understood clearly by all
- to coordinate, in partnership with the Creative Agent, meetings and activities with creative practitioners, school staff and other partners
- to ensure that external partners engaged in the programme are able to develop appropriate communications across the school community
- to ensure all programme activity is carried out with due regard to health and safety and the safeguarding of children and young people
- to ensure that all monitoring and evaluation requirements are fulfilled and that partners commit to developing reflective practice throughout the programme
- to actively network with other school partners and external partners linked with the programme, attending Creative Partnerships networking meetings as appropriate Time requirements
- School Coordinators will be expected to be released from other duties in order to ensure this role is allocated sufficient time to attend planning, evaluation and networking meetings
- Assisting with identifying and recruiting potential Mentor Teachers.
- Coordinating Field Experience information and submitting information to the Field Experiences staff.
- Coordinating in-school placement arrangements.
- Coordinating the arrival of Student Teachers and orientating them to the school environment, staff and students
- Communicating on a weekly basis with the University Facilitator or Field Experience Associate.
- Facilitating the inter-classroom observations.
- Facilitating and monitoring the Whole School Project requirement.
- Facilitating Mentor Teacher cohort meetings.
- Participating in and/or facilitating the Student Teacher weekly cohort meetings with the University Facilitator.
- Providing leadership in the ongoing development of the Collaborative Schools Model principles.
- Organize students into teams.
- Establish coaches for each team. Teams cannot be formed without coaches.
- Act as liaison between parents, coaches, students, administrators and teachers.
- Meet with the coaches as a group to answer questions about team progress (or lack of) and to answer any other questions.
- Help coaches with required paper work.
- Provide many materials (spontaneous books, videos, handbooks).
- Help find required judges and workers for the regional tournament.
- Resister teams with the state and international organization.
- Be available by phone or e-mail almost any hour of the day or night (only a slight exaggeration) to help solve any problems you may be having.
- Organize dress rehearsal the week school programmes.