Robert Kobylski, District Administrator for the Menasha Joint School District, was visited on June 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.
- 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:
- A student teacher will be able to upload a video from a classroom and send it to an outside source for evaluation. The district has a passive permission system so students who have stated that they can not be in video produced in their classroom, can leave the classroom while the video is being completed for the student teacher.
- Add on Licensure is good for the district. Teachers that have multiple certifications can be very helpful to a district. If it were a position of need, the district would pay for the new licensure.
- New teachers new a good understanding of the Common Core Standards. They also need a strong base in assessment and data collection. They need to know how to measure student growth and make sure that all students achieve success.
- The 18 week/co-teacher model can be a successful model for student teaching. But districts have to make sure that they don’t take advantage of the situation. It could lead to a student teacher doing too much of the teacher’s regular workload and the district not having to pay for it.