Robert Reynolds, Superintendent for the Slinger School District, was visited on September 14, 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 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 that every student is different and their needs have to be met in the classroom. How to use data for student assessment and how to use that data to improve student learning is very important for new teachers. The district uses a system for interviewing that is called “Speed Dating”. The first round of interviews are 10 minutes long. If a candidate passes, they will be asked to present a lesson for the next phase of the hiring process. New teachers will be hired based on how they did during this final phase.
- 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. The video taping of a student teacher would be added to the list of items that a parent could opt-out their children from attending. 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.