Ken Bates, District Administrator for the Green Lake School District, was visited on August 15, 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 must also understand assessment and how it relates to improving student learning. The district would also like to have candidates understand Project Based Learning. The ability to integrate one curriculum area into other areas is also valued by the district.
- 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. It will be important in the future for districts to look for new teachers with multiple licensures. There could be a problem if the district pays for the new licensure and then the teacher leaves the district. A district could loan the money to the teacher and then each year that the teacher remains in the district the loan is reduced by a certain amount. This way the teacher doesn’t have to pay for the license and the district has the teacher’s service in the license area.
- The 18-week one site student teacher/co-teacher program would make a better-prepared new teacher because the program would be an intense teaching experience for a student teacher.