Bill Van Meer, District Administrator for the New Holstein School District, was visited on July 9, 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 following key points were also discussed during the visit:
- New teachers need to understand RTI and the common core standards. The district values candidates with multiply certifications in areas such as Special education and ELL. New teachers must know how to communicate with parents to develop a connection for student support. How to use data for student assessment is very important for new teachers.
- The district has a passive permission policy that would give the students the option of not being in the classroom if the class is being used in a video for student teaching. The elementary school principal is currently using a video system called Huddle to help teachers in the classroom. The district would be able to upload a student teachers video to the Internet for evaluation by an outside company.
- The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to districts. It will be important in the future for districts to look for new teachers with multiple licensures. The district hasn’t had a push for use of the program by teachers but the state may change the flexibility of licensing in the future and this could have an effect on it use in the district.
- An 18-week format for student teaching would be more beneficial for student teachers and the classroom students. A co-teacher format would also be valuable for the student teacher and the classroom teacher.