Fond du Lac
James Sebert, District Administrator for the Fond du Lac School District, was visited on July 17, 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, PBIS, common core standards and how to use student data. Many more experienced teachers are available to be hired by the district because of more movement of teachers due to the changes taking place in districts and the state.
- 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. A special form maybe developed for students to be involved in a student teacher video. 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. Some teachers have taken advantage of the program in the past. Larger districts don’t have as many licensure problems because of the number of teachers in the districts to draw on to fill positions. This program would benefit smaller districts.
- An 18-week format for student teaching at one site would be more beneficial for student teachers and the classroom students. More information is needed by the district before it would become involved in this new format for student teaching.