Christopher Peterson, District Administrator for the Howards Grove School District, was visited on July 13, 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 following key points were also discussed during the visit:
- New teachers need to understand RTI and the common core standards. They need to be problem solvers and be able to present lessons in a multiple format so all students can learn.
- 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. There may be a problem in the future with the cost of WiscNET increasing that could effect the capabilities of the district.
- 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.
- An 18-week format for student teaching would be more beneficial for student teachers and the classroom students. A co-teacher format would also be valuable for the student teacher and the classroom teacher. The district would like to interview student teachers in advance for this type of program.