UNI is proud to partner with the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Community School Districts to identify, create, and maintain a network of outstanding teacher leaders who are also willing to serve as a UNI Site Coordinator at their school. Our Site Coordinators are a critical part of our PDS efforts to improve and enhance our school-university communication and collaboration and to maximize the mutual benefit of field experiences.

  1. Assist with recruiting quality mentor teachers for Level 1, 2, and 3 field experience students and serve as the contact person for other placement requests at the school.
  2. Assist with making appropriate placement matches and completing associated paperwork.
  3. Coordinate and lead an orientation event for field experience students, usually during the 3rd week of UNI classes.
  4. Act as a liaison between mentor teachers in the school and university faculty.
  5. Provide on-site problem-solving for all stakeholders (responsibilities, requirements, concerns, scheduling conflicts).
  6. Conduct needs assessments of mentor teachers regarding professional development, direction, or incentives.
  7. Assist with collecting evaluations, surveys, and other information from mentor teachers.
  8. Serve as contact person to coordinate initial requests for research (permission to conduct research must be obtained through the Central Administration and the Institutional Review Board)
Principals in partner schools are asked to identify a teacher or administrator who: 1) is respected by the the teachers in the school as an outstanding educator and leader and 2) is trusted by the principal to act as his/her designee. Site Coordinators are the face of UNI Teacher Education on the ground in the schools and work closely with the PDS Director, Field Experience Coordinator, and Teacher Education Coordinators. 

Attached are resources for PDS Site Coordinators to use as an introduction to the role and a space to share tools, strategies, and new resources with each other.