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:
- 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
- A new Principal Licensure Program is now available and is being offered in site-based cohorts or on-campus.
- 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 Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WIRSA) is an organization that strives to meet the needs of rural schools and districts throughout the state.
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.