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Mentor Teacher and Teacher Candidate Co-planning Henry Hudson #28

Thank you for allowing SUNY Buffalo State teacher candidates to student teach in your classroom!


We have adopted the Co-teaching during student teaching model for student teaching. Which is defined as: "Two teachers (a mentor teacher and a teacher candidate) working together with groups of students; sharing the planning, organization, delivery and assessment of instruction, as well as the physical space" (T.Heck).  


Each teacher candidate is assigned a supervisor from the college and is part of a student teaching cohort. Within this cohort model the college supervisor will meet with the teacher candidates weekly for formal and informal observations and to conduct a seminar. You will be asked to complete a mid and final evaluation for your teacher candidate using the EER Department Student Teaching Evaluation form (below). Your willingness to mentor our teacher candidates and to offer them your expertise, time, and guidance is greatly appreciated. Thank you!


Letter to our Mentors from the Director of Student teaching


Student Teacher Handbook


Please complete the survey linked here after reading the Student Teacher Handbook
Letter to Principals and Mentors
Forms and Information

Learn more about Partnerships as Professional Development Schools.



Mentors, we appreciate the partnership in mentoring our teacher candidates during student teaching. Some additional resources on mentoring are posted on


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