Nick Curran, Superintendent of Business and Human Resource Director; Bret Steffen, High School Principal; Paul Williams, Middle School Principal; and Dave Wellhoefer, Elementary Principal, were visited on July 19, 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. They must be highly motivated individuals who will extend themselves to be involved in school activities or volunteer work. Writing skills are also important along with the possibility of them having multiple licensures. New teachers should also be able to make educational decisions based on student data. New candidates are often asked to present a lesson if they are one of the finalists for a district teaching position.
- The district would be able to upload a student teachers 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 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 licensure.
- An 18-week format for student teaching would be more beneficial for student teachers and the classroom students. There must also be a good communication system between the college and district to help the student teacher become successful in the classroom.