Jean Born, District Administrator for the Sheboygan Falls 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 understand assessment and the common core standards. They must be able to connect with students and build relationships with people. Because of the changes that are constantly happening in education, they must be a life long learner. New teachers must be able to not only assess their students but also be able to assess themselves. New teachers also need a good understanding of diversity, technology, and a strong background in literacy.
- 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 would also have to be parent permission for the students to be filmed in the classroom. Both of these issues could be accomplished by the district.
- The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to districts. It will be important in the future for districts to look for new teachers with multiple licensures. As the budgets get smaller this program will become even more valuable for districts.
- An 18-week format for student teaching would be more beneficial for student teachers and the classroom students. It also would be less difficult for the district to assign student teachers to one site instead of the present practice of assigning two sites to each student teacher.