Joe Sheehan, District Administrator for the Sheboygan School District, was visited on June 29, 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.
The following key points were also discussed during the visit:
- New teachers need to be risk takers and be able to collaborate with their fellow teachers. They need to be able to be developed into leaders within the schools. Technology should be used by them to engage students but also be used for assessment and research.
- The district would own the video that a student teacher produces in the district and therefore would have to give approval for it to be uploaded and released to another party. There is a passive permission format used for video production in a classroom. But that is for use in the district and not sending it out of the district over the Internet. Both of these areas would have to be addressed by the district before students would be able to send out a video of their teaching to an outside party.
- The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to districts. It has value for a district depending on the staffing needs of that district. The question is how much flexibility does a district need?
- An 18-week format for student teaching would be more beneficial for student teachers and the classroom students. The district would be in favor of it.