Heidi Schmidt, District Administrator for the Hortonville Area School District, was visited on August 7, 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 and the common core standards. New teachers must also have good communication skills. How to use data for student assessment is very important for new teachers. They must also know how to build relationships with their students to help with assessment.
- 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. In the past teachers in the district have used the program.
- The district would need more information on the 18- week student teacher/co-teacher format for student teaching. The new district teacher evaluation program requires the building principal to evaluate the teachers more then in the past. This would make it difficult for the principal to also evaluate a student teacher as required by the new format.