Ellen Bartling, District Administrator for the Lomira School District, was visited on April 23, 2012. The discussion focused on the four areas concerning district handbooks; district expectations of new teachers; TPA and producing a student teacher video in the classroom; 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 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 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 know the Common Core Standards and also understand RTI. They will be areas that will come up in district interviews with new teachers.
• The district will be looking for teachers at the elementary level that have minors in Math or Science.
• New teachers should also know the various types of assessment and how to use them in the classroom.
• Student teachers will be able to produce a video of their teaching in the district but not at this time send it to a site outside of the district. They must follow the district policy for classroom students not to be identified in the video (Passive Permission).
• The Add On Licensure Program is a valuable program. The lack of teachers taking advantage of it could be related to their worries about the cost and if they will be able to use the new licensure. The value of the program will be realized as districts find out where they are under the new changes that have taken place in the state.
• Student teaching should be at one site for a longer period of time. Students would then get a more in depth understanding of what are the expectations of a district.
• It was discussed that the 10 Wisconsin Teacher Standards don’t mention students or assessment and if they need to be updated.