Steve Vessey, District Administrator for the Beaver Dam Unified School District, was visited on June 27, 2012. The discussion focused on four areas concerning district policy; district expectations of new teachers; TPA and producing a student teacher video; and the following programs:
- The Add on Licensure Program extends the license of teachers. The program is individually tailored to help teachers or districts enhance their flexibility in curriculum areas.
- The Educational Leadership Program has the flexibility for districts to choose course work that focuses on their district goals and initiatives. This course work could be made part of an individual Master’s of Science Degree for teachers in the district.
The following key points were also discussed during the visit:
- New teachers need to understand assessment and how to use data. Multiple licensures also will be something the district will be looking for in new teachers. A knowledge of how to use technology is something all new teachers need for success in the classroom.
- Because of major changes in the districts technology system, the district will be able to upload student teacher videos from the classroom to the Internet. A passive permission policy in the district will allow parents to remove their students so they won’t be in the videos.
- The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to districts. Many teachers have stopped taking graduate level courses because of the changes in state law concerning salary schedules. Teachers are not taking graduate courses for Add on Licensure unless the district pays for it. Teacher retirements could cause more license changes in the future.
- An 18-week format for student teaching would be more beneficial for student teachers and the classroom students. It also would be less difficult for the district to assign student teachers to one site instead of the present practice of assigning two sites to each student teacher.