Gary Hansen, District Administrator for the Rosendale - Brandon School District, was visited on June 27, 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 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 to understand RTI and the Common Core Standards. Understanding student assessment and the ability to use technology in the classroom are also areas the district looks for in new teachers. The universities are doing a good job of teaching these skills to new teachers.
- The uploading of a student teacher video from a district site to send to a site out of the district on the internet is possible at this time. A Passive Permission Policy is used in the district for students in a video. Parents would be able to withhold their child from the classroom on the day the video was being produced. The district does own any videos produced in the district so permission to send the video has to come from the district.
- The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to districts. The use for this program has not yet happened in the district. It could be used in the future.
- The use of an 18-week placement for student teachers is good for the student teacher and the students in the classroom. The district would not have a problem with student teachers being placed for 18 weeks.