Clark Reinke, Superintendent for the Plymouth School District, was visited on July 31, 2012. Also present in the meeting were Carrie Dassow, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, and Anne Gamoke, Director of Pupil Services & Special Education. The discussion focused on the four areas concerning district policy; district expectations of new teachers; TPA and producing a student teacher video; and the following programs:
- The Plymouth based Special Education Program and how to gain enrollment in the program.
- 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 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
The following key points were also discussed during the visit:
- New teachers need a strong background in assessment. They must be able to build relationships with students to help them in assessment of the students. They also need to know the Common Core Standards that will be used in their teaching and how to change their instructional approach to implement the standards in their teaching. These areas will be focused on during district interviews for new teachers.
- The change to a student teacher/co-teacher 18-week requirement for student teaching would be a better experience for the student teacher. The district would be interested in gaining more information concerning this new format for student teaching.
- The district will not have a problem with sending out a student teacher video to the Internet. It will also have to send out new permission forms to parents to inform them about the student video being produced in their children’s classroom.