Bill Fitzpatrick, District Administrator for the School District of New London and Kathy Gwidt, Director of Teaching and Learning, were visited on May 14, 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 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 understand RTI and the Common Core Standards. Understanding the instructional framework that has to be used in the classroom is another area that new teachers need to know.
- The uploading of a student teacher video from a district site to send to a site out of the district is possible at this time. A Passive Permission Policy is used in the district for students in a video. A notice would still be sent to parents to give them a chance to remove their child from a classroom where a student teacher video was being produced and sent out of the district. There was a concern about any practice videos and what would be done with them so they don’t get on the Internet.
- The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to districts. It would help the marketability of teachers. The uncertain of times that teachers are presently in could be the reason for not many taking advantage of the program.
- The district is developing new career academies within the high school. This year’s freshmen will be the first class that will be grouped into a series of small schools within the high school called career academies.