Scott Bleck, District Administrator; Kirk Delwiche, Elementary Principal: and Kandi Martin, Curriculum/Pupil Services Director, were visited on July 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.
- 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 Teacher License (316) and Reading Specialist License (317) are both licenses that can aid teachers in the development of programs that 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 RTI and the Common Core Standards. New teachers should also be able to make educational decisions based on student data. They also check to see if the candidates have been involved with children in other activities both in and out of the classroom.
- The district would be able to upload a student teachers video to the Internet for evaluation by an outside company. The district would have to develop a new policy to cover making a video and sending it directly to the Internet. The district for other student events uses a passive permission policy.
- The district feels that the Add On Licensure is a good program to offer to districts and the district is always looking for teachers with multiple licensures. District teachers have used it in the past. If the district needed a teacher to add a new license and the teacher was a quality teacher, the district could help the teacher pay for the new license.
- The district would be willing to look at an 18-week student teacher/co-teacher format for student teaching. The district and college would have to work closely together to make this format successful.