Ted Neitzke, Superintendent for the West Bend School District, was visited on August 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.
- A new Principal Licensure Program is now available and is being offered in site-based cohorts or on-campus.
- 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:
- The district during interviews keys in on the skill sets and life experiences of new teacher candidates. Areas such as RTI and the state common core standards are part of the districts professional development program. At the end of the first semester all new teachers must pass a skills check- list to continue employment in the district.
- The uploading of a student teacher video from a district site to send to a site out of the district on the Internet is possible at this time. A letter would be sent home by the classroom teacher to allow parents to opt-out their students from being in the video when it is produced in their classroom.
- The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to districts. The district will encourage teachers to take advantage of the program and will in some cases pay for it.