Anne Buechel-Haack, Superintendent for the Elkhart-Glenbeulah School District, was visited on July 31, 2012. Also present in the meeting were Debbie Hamman, Elementary/Middle School Principal, and Todd Timm, High School Principal. The discussion focused on the 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 a strong background in assessment. They also need to know the Common Core Standards that will be used in their teaching. Knowledge of RTI and what are good intervention strategies that can be used in the classroom is also very important. Understanding how to assess students and use it to improve student performance by improving teaching strategies is very important for all teachers.
- The district is able to upload a student teacher video to the Internet. The district will have to design a new permission form to be given to parents before the video is produced in the classroom.
- The Aid on Licensure Program is valuable for the district. It is important for smaller districts to have teachers with multiple licensures.
- The district does use a form of student teacher/co-teacher already in the district. The 18- week format would be valuable for the student teacher and the district would be interested in learning more about the new format.