At their last meeting, the Johnson County School District One Board of Trustees heard a presentation from Dr. Jeanie Barent on the protocol surrounding prospective student-teachers in the district.
Barent said the current standards have been in place for about 4 years and she wanted to review them with the board so they were aware of the district's policies concerning student-teaching.
According tom the handout provided by Barent, the interests of students in the district are placed above all other considerations in any student-teaching experience.
The steps that a prospective student-teacher must go through are: (1) filling out an application packet which includes a Request For Placement Form, a Disclosure Statement, their resume, and proof of fingerprint documents provided by their college or university;(2) having an interview with the building principal; (3) the principal then communicates acceptance or non-acceptance with the Associate Superintendent; and (4) notifies the student teacher of their decision.
Barent said most prosepctive student-teachers welcome the higher standards they are held to by the disctrict, saying she has heard them say they want to work for a district that is that thorough in its examinations, and many former student-teachers now work for the district.
The Johnson County School District averages four student-teachers per year, Barent said.