Debra Hunt, Superintendent for the Valders Area School District, was visited on August 13, 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:


Jim Hoffman, Debra Hunt and Fred Yeo

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 to improve learning is also very important for new teachers.
  • 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 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 will be important in the future for districts to look for new teachers with multiple licensures.    
  • The 18-week student teacher/co-teacher format for student teaching at one site is something the district maybe interested in for the future.  The district would need more information about the program.

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