Duane Bark, District Administrator, Connie Hymned, Elementary Principal and Pam Waite, Middle/High school Principal, were visited on August 15, 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 and the Common Core Standards. New teachers should also be able to make educational decisions based on student data. They need a broad spectrum of experiences that could be used by the district. A good cover letter and professional resume are extremely important for a candidate to get an interview for a position in the district.
- The district would be able to upload a student teachers video to the Internet for evaluation by an outside company. The district would have to develop a new form or letter to send to parents for permission for students to be in the video. The district for other student events uses a passive permission policy.
- 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. If the district needed a teacher to add a new license and the teacher was a quality teacher, the district could help the teacher pay for the new license but a process for this needs to be developed by the district.
- The district would be willing to look at an 18-week single site student teacher/co-teacher format for student teaching. The district and college would have to work closely together to make this format successful. Student teachers may need more the one site for an elementary level student teaching experience.