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:
• Teachers must show student growth in their classrooms. This will be linked to their evaluation. It will count for 50% of their evaluation.
• New teachers must understand the Common Core Standards, RTI, modern technology, common assessment and standardized assessment.
• 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 (Passive Permission).
• Possible problem of student teacher being able to upload the video from the school site through the district Internet dome. Student teachers are required to send the video as soon as completed from the site where they produced it.
• The state method of adding on licensure has only a test to take for licensure in some areas of licensure. It is faster and easier than the COEHS method. The college should offer courses in these areas to help the teachers pass the test for new licensure.
• Expanded licensure will be helpful to many teachers in becoming more valuable to a district.