Prior to meeting with each student, both you and the student must complete your respective sections of the LWA. We ask that ALL documents be typed. PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE to use similar content for all students at your site – it is quite reasonable to expect similar learning objectives, tasks, and development qualities of all students, (Questions 1-3). Many supervisors have found it useful to create a LWA “template” for their agency, to reduce the magnitude of this task.
During individual meetings with students, the contents of the LWA should be reviewed and discussed. You should be prepared to answer questions about your expectations for them. In particular, please be clear with students about your policies regarding attendance. As you may recall, for a student to earn an A in their placement work, he/she must exceed all expectations. The A is awarded to only those students who have contributed in a truly exceptional way to your agency. Council members will explain to students that the LWA defines the expectations for their service work, and that an A is given only when he/she exceeds the expectations defined in the LWA. Students are encouraged to ask, during these meetings, what an “A” looks like at your site. At the end of the meeting, please feel free to e-mail the final document to students and ask that they print it out for submission. (*in this case, electronic signatures are fine) Finally, please do save a copy of the complete LWA for your reference throughout the semester, and especially at when the time comes for grading.
Overview: In many ways this meeting should serve as the foundation for your relationship with each student for the year. It is an opportunity to clearly define your expectations of them, as well as to let them know when and how you will be available to them. Many supervisors like to specify how they prefer to be contacted by students, (phone/e-mail). Others like to set-up a weekly check-in time at this meeting. Regardless of your preference, now is the time to consider how you will monitor PULSE student performance throughout the semester, and how you will deliver feedback throughout the semester to ensure students meet your needs, and have an opportunity to improve.