Peggy Larson, Winneconne Community School District Administrator, and Laurie Schmidt, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, were visited on July 19, 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. They must be highly motivated individuals who will extend themselves to be involved in school activities or volunteer work. New teachers should also be able to make educational decisions based on student data. Finalist candidates are often asked to present a lesson if they are one of the finalists for a district teaching position.
- The district has a guest log that would make it possible for a student teacher to make a video and send it on the Internet to an outside location. The district also has a passive permission for student involvement in a video.
- 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.
- An 18-week format for student teaching would be more beneficial for student teachers and the classroom students. This format could also help the student teacher produce a better video production. The district would need more information on the student teacher/co-teacher format before becoming involved in the program.