Tom Malmstadt, Superintendent for the School District of Random Lake, was visited on September 6, 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 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 following key points were also discussed during the visit:
- New teachers need to understand RTI and the Common Core Standards. How to use data for student assessment and how to use that data to improve student learning is very important for new teachers. Math and Reading minors are also valued at the Elementary School level.
- 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. A letter would be sent home before the video is made in the classroom. This would be done so that parent can opt-out their children from being 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 could help make a teacher be more valuable to a district.