Dan Olson, District Administrator for the Campbellsport School District, was visited on April 20, 2012. Also present in the meeting were Judith Hoeppner, Director of Instruction and Lance Beyer, Associate Principal for the high school. The discussion focused on the four areas concerning district handbooks; 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.
• 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 Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WIRSA) is an organization that strives to meet the needs of rural schools and districts throughout the state.
The following key points were also discussed during the visit:
• New teachers need a strong background in assessment and standard based grading. They also need to know the Common Core Standards that will be used in their teaching. These areas will be focused on during district interviews for new teachers.
• Teachers having a duel certification in areas such as Elementary Education and Special Education have a high value for district.
• During student teaching, students should have an experience of team teaching. They also should have time working with a special education teacher. This would give them a better understanding of RTI and individualized instruction. It was also discussed that teacher should have only one site for student teaching so they can get a more in depth idea of teaching and more involvement in the school.
• Student teachers in special education should be taught how to be mentors for regular education teachers. This would help the regular education teachers become stronger in such areas as RTI and depend less on the special education teacher for assistance in their classroom.
• Video production by student teachers of their teaching will not be a problem as long as students in the classroom are not identified in the video. The district is currently working on developing a Passive Permission Policy for the district. Up loading a student teacher video from a school site in the district is not a problem.
• Add on licensure is something that is valued by the district. Key areas are Adaptive Physical Education, ESL, Gifted and Talented, ESL, and Special Education.