The Triad Seminar is a 4 hour training, led by the Director and Staff of the Office of Field and Clinical Experiences. Each member of the Triad: teacher candidates, mentor teachers, and university supervisors, will participate and hear the same message regarding expectations. The purpose of the Triad Seminar is to build a strong foundational relationship between the teacher candidates, mentor teachers, and university supervisors. Having an additional teacher in the classroom for an entire semester is a substantial change to any classroom environment. Successful substantial change requires training and clear communication of all expectations.

In this seminar, participants will be:

  • Introducing the members of the Triad to each other. In some situations the mentor teacher may not be able to attend due to their classroom duties.
  • Learning your and your teaching partner's work styles, personality profiles, professional expectations, and other educational and personal expectations.
  • Learning expectations and the process of using the Missouri Educator Evaluation System.
  • Learning inter-rater reliability concerning the Missouri Educator Evaluation System.
  • Reviewing the expectations and styles of co-teaching.

This training is an in person training and is offered in locations that will accommodate the regions where Southeast Missouri State University places their students. Usually the locations are in Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, and St. Louis. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory for all student teaching candidates. The seminars are usually held in the third week of August and the first week of January and students should make arrangements to be available during those times.

It is important that the teacher candidates and mentor teachers communicate which meeting they will attend together. The location should be based on where the school is located and the accessibility of the mentor teacher.

We look forward to seeing all participants soon.

Dr. Rodney Pensel
Director of Field Experiences
Southeast Missouri State University
Scully Building, 304A