Richard Zimman, Superintendent of the Ripon Area School District, was visited on July 15, 2011. The visit focused on the following:
- The current situation in education that has come about from the new state legislation.
- The course options for teachers who want to be cooperating teachers for the supervision of student teachers. The course options are online, hybrid and face to face.
- The Add On Licensure Program is a program that needs district administration involvement before a person can take part in it to gain further licensing in Wisconsin.
- Middle school licensing that allows a teacher to have a depth of knowledge in multiple core areas. This would help teaming in the 6th and 7th grade levels.
- Students need to graduate from Elementary Education with ESL, Special Education or other areas to improve their chances of getting jobs. Physical Education students need Health or Adapted physical Education.
- A new Principal Licensure Program will be offered from COEHS. The program will begin in the fall of 2011.
- The designing of a professional development program for principals with the input from interested K12 school districts. New principals need to understand the politics of the job.
- The new expansion of the Special Education Program and how it will help rural Districts have more candidates for Special education positions. The program will be centered in the Plymouth School District.
- The Educational Leadership program offers flexibility in designing program for individuals or school districts.
- Contracted coaching for instructional improvement within a district (job embedded coaching).