Mary Pfeiffer, District Administrator for the Neenah Joint School District, was visited on July 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 programs:
- 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. They must also have a strong base in Math and literacy strategies. Understanding how to assess student learning is also very important. They must also have an understanding of technology so they can incorporate it in the curriculum and also student assessment.
- The district would be able to upload a student teacher video to the Internet for evaluation by an outside company. A passive permission policy is used for students who are part of a video made in the classroom. The classroom teacher must make sure that every student in the classroom has permission to be used in the video before the video is made in the classroom.
- More information is needed on the 18-week student teacher/co-teacher model of student teaching. The district and college must work closely together to make this model work.