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:
- 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 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 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:
- 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.