Donald Childs, District Administrator for the Waupun Area School District, was visited on April 23, 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.
• 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. Understanding student assessment and the ability to collaborate with other teachers are other strengths the district is looking for in candidates for teaching positions in the district.
• The uploading of a student teacher video from a district site to send to a site out of the district is not possible at this time. This will be possible in the future. A Passive Permission Policy is used in the district for students in a video. A notice would still be sent to parents to give them a chance to remove their child from a classroom where a student teacher video was being produced and sent out of the district.
• The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to districts. The districts and their Human Resources Department should select what teachers they feel would help the districts with a new license in any area of a districts need. The district would then pay for the credits needed for the new license.
• The district is developing a new charter school which will be project based for learning. This will be a model for future district reorganization.
• Te possibility of having district teachers involved in research projects at the College of Education and Human services was also discussed as a way for the college and districts to partner in the future.