Gary Berger, District Administrator for the School District of Horicon; Aaron Olson, Elementary – Middle School Principal; and Teresa Graven, High School Principal were visited on May 16, 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:


Fred Yeo, Aaron Olson, Gary Berger, and Jim Hoffman

The following key points were also discussed during the visit:

  • New teachers need to understand RTI and the Common Core Standards.  They also need more preparation in the area of Reading instruction and student assessment.
  • The uploading of a student teacher video from a district site to send to a site out of the district is possible at this time.  A Passive Permission Policy is used in the district for students in a video.  A notice would still be sent to parents to give them a chance to remove their child from a classroom where a student teacher video was being produced and sent out of the district.  
  • The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to districts.  It would help the marketability of teachers.  The areas of Math and Science are key areas for this program.
  • The development of an 18 weeklong student teaching experience is a good idea.  The present 9-week student teaching experience is not long enough for a student teacher to get a good experience in a building.  The idea of developing a collaborative teaching experience between the on site teacher and the student teacher would be very positive for the program.  CESA 6 and the college could design a program for teachers to learn how to be collaborative partners with student teachers.

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