Douglas Keiser, Hustisford School District Administrator, and Chad Schraufnagel, High School Principal, were visited on August 22, 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 Teacher License (316) and Reading Specialist License (317) are both licenses that can aid teachers in the development of programs that 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, the common core standards and how to use data to improve student learning. The district also wants someone who is a “kid magnet” which means the students will like the teacher. It is also important for new teachers to use technology in student assessment and to further instruction. What new activities or interests the new teacher can bring to the district is also very important.
- The district can make a student teacher video and send it on the Internet to an outside location. A letter would be sent home with students before the student teacher makes the video so parents can have their students removed from the classroom if they wish that their child not to be involved in the video.
- The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to districts and the district is always looking for teachers with multiple licensures. The district currently has a teacher involved in the program.
- An 18-week format for student teaching would be more beneficial for student teachers and the classroom students. This format could also help the student teacher produce a better video production. The district would need more information on the student teacher/co-teacher format but is interested in becoming involved in a future pilot program.