Carla Bublotz, District Administrator for the Wrightstown Community School District, was visited on April 13, 2012. The discussion focused on four areas concerning district policy; district expectations of new teachers; TPA and producing a student teacher video in the classroom; 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 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 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:
• The teachers in the district will be developing smart goals for all students. This will be linked to the teacher evaluation by reviewing how well the students achieve in the classroom.
• The district is looking for new teachers that have a dual certification with special education being one of the certified areas. RTI is the driving force behind this new need for the district.
• New teachers should have a strong understanding of the Common Core Standards, and student assessment. It will be expected of them during interviews with districts.
• Because of a growing population of Spanish speaking students, the district is also looking for new teachers who speak this language and also have bilingual licensure.
• Possible problems with the student teacher being able to upload a video through the district Internet doom. Students are required to send the video as soon as it has been completed from the site where they produced it. Students will be given permission to produce a video of their teaching in the district. They must follow the district policy for classroom students not to be identified in the video (Passive Permission).
• The type of licensure that you have as a teacher makes you more valuable then seniority. The Add on Licensure Program can help teachers in this area.
• It was discussed that the 10 Wisconsin Teacher Standards don’t mention students or assessment and if they need to be updated.