Bob Eidahl, District Administrator, and Jodi Becker, Curriculum/Pupil Services Director, were visited on July 25, 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
- A new Principal Licensure Program is now available and is being offered in site-based cohorts or on-campus.
- The Reading Teacher License (316) and Reading Specialist License (317) are both licenses that can aid teachers in the development of programs that focus on the Literacy Common Core Standard that involves all curriculum areas.
The following key points were also discussed during the visit:
- New teachers need to understand RTI and the Common Core Standards. New teachers should also be able to make educational decisions based on student data. The district also looks for new teachers with multiple licensures.
- The district would be able to upload a student teachers video to the Internet for evaluation by an outside company. A passive permission format is used by the district for students appearing in a video. The district will need more information on the security of the video after it is made in the classroom.
- The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to districts and the district is always looking for teachers with multiple licensures.
- An 18-week format for student teaching would be more beneficial for student teachers and the classroom students. The district would be willing to look at the new format but has some concern about the possibility of it affecting high stakes testing in the classroom.