Host teachers play a critical role in the Urban Teachers experience. Host teachers are recommended by their principals and receive training from Urban Teachers. Selection includes, among other factors, an assessment of an educator’s willingness to share ideas, engage in co-planning, and act as a resource for residents.
Host teachers participate in a fall or spring orientation and participate in the initial planning meeting with a coach and the resident. Additionally, Urban Teachers sends email newsletters to inform host teachers about upcoming events and key program items, such as required clinical experiences and assessment cycles. Host teachers are expected to communicate with Urban Teachers and the residents assigned to their classrooms. Host teachers provide feedback to Urban Teachers about the experiences in their classrooms and the growth of their residents. Host teachers incorporate residents fully into their classroom, engaging them in the planning and delivery of instruction, and developing cooperative and collaborative partnerships with their residents as co-teachers.
Each resident is paired with a host teacher in August and may be assigned to a new host teacher beginning in January. Host teachers are expected to incorporate residents fully into the classroom culture and instruction. The goal is to develop a cooperative and collaborative partnership in these classrooms. Residents and host teachers are viewed by students and school staff as co-teachers.
To support a productive relationship, Urban Teachers requires residents to complete the Host Teacher and Resident Agreement during their first meeting with their host teacher. The host teacher and resident should each retain a copy of the signed agreement. The Site Team may request to review the agreement.