From this time forward, the WIP request process has changed in an important way. Intern requests will now only allow one intern per request, with multiple subjects and cooperating teachers allowed in each request.
The Wisconsin Improvement Program (WIP) provides an excellent opportunity for school districts, educator preparation programs, and the Department of Public Instruction to collaborate in the preparation of future teachers. WIP pairs promising student interns with experienced cooperating teachers in a semester-long clinical experience.
Teacher internship offer solutions to school and district challenges, such as:
Benefits for school districts participating in the internship program include:
- Providing students with additional teacher contact when implementing instructional blocks, multi-age instruction, or split-grade classrooms.
- Providing additional instruction and progress monitoring via the RTI process.
- Providing differentiation in content-discipline classrooms.
- Providing another set of hands and pair of eyes in classrooms with multiple challenges.
- Providing time for teachers to serve as mentors, coaches, or PDP reviewers.
- Professional development for cooperating school personnel and interns.
- Collaborative instructional planning and problem-solving.
- Opportunity to recruit highly qualified future educators.
- Opportunity to increase parent communication and involvement.
- Enhanced partnerships with educator preparation programs.