District Hosts New Teacher Orientation

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The district welcomed 24 new faculty members during their annual New Teacher Orientation program from Aug. 28-30. Coordinated by Dr. Roxanne Garcia France, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, the three-day program provided the new faculty with more insight into the district’s strategic plan and goals, while engaging in interactive professional development to strengthen their teaching practices.
The faculty were greeted by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling, members of central administration, building principals and assistant principals. During the first day of orientation, first year teachers received an overview of the district’s strategic plan, health and safety information, and business procedures. The following day, both first year teachers and returning probationary teachers participated in icebreaker games and in-depth sessions about the district’s special education program, social-emotional learning practices, the teacher observation process and Response to Intervention, a multi-tier approach to identify and support students with learning and behavioral needs. 

On the final day of orientation, first year teachers, along with returning probationary teachers, engaged in an un-conference model known as EdCamp. This allowed each educator to attend professional development sessions that interested them the most. Teachers gathered to share their ideas on topics which they felt have a strong impact on student engagement and achievement. Administrators facilitated the sessions which focused on topics such as instructional technology, setting annual goals, family engagement, lesson planning and more.