Robert Mayfield, Superintendent for the Kimberly Area School District, was visited on August 23, 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
- 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 have a basic understand of RTI, the common core standards and how to assess students to improve learning. They must also understand how to use technology to improve student learning. The district provides all new teachers with professional development to strengthen the above-mentioned areas. Teachers must know how to prove their students are learning.
- The district does have some concerns with the security of the student teacher video when it leaves the district and goes directly to the Internet. They will continue to work with the college to gain more information concerning this new student teaching requirement.
- The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to teachers in the district but the district would most likely not pay for a teacher to expand their licensure. More people may take advantage of this program due to the contractual changes in many districts.