Steve Shaw, Superintendent for the Cedar Grove-Belgium Area School District, Jeanne Courneene, Middle School Principal and Craig Gunderson, Elementary Principal were visited on August 9, 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 Teachers License (316) and Reading Specialist License (317) are both licenses that can aid teachers in the development of programs to 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, PBIS and the common core standards. They should be able to give examples of how they have been involved with children in other settings such as volunteer work. They must understand how to use data for student assessment to help increase student learning. They must also be able to a adapt to various new methods of teaching.
- The district has a passive permission policy that would give the students the option of not being in the classroom if the class is being used in a video for student teaching. The district would be able to upload a student teachers video to the Internet for evaluation by an outside company.
- The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to districts. The district may pay for an additional license for a teacher if it is an area of need for the district.
- The district would be interested in the 18- week student teacher/co-teacher format for student teaching. It would be better for the students and the student teacher.