Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Teacher Induction "Graduation"

Teachers discuss positive impacts

On Monday, May 14, Owen J. Roberts "graduated" our newest induction cohort from their first year of teaching.

At Owen J. Roberts School District, teachers are supported with systems that focus on student learning and teacher effectiveness.  The teacher induction program progresses throughout the school year and is systemically combined with mentoring, ongoing professional development, professional learning communities, engaged principals, and supportive school environments. The systemic approach offers the critical support new teachers need to enhance student achievement.

As part of the group's culminating activities, new teachers nominate experienced teachers with a ‘Masters of Support’ award.  The award was given to a staff member who has gone above and beyond to support one (or more) of our new teachers. The practice fills a room with many dedicated teachers.  

New teachers find great value in the mentor system in place for them. Below are some of the quotes from the graduating cohort:

“ I am eternally grateful to have had such a wonderful resource and support at my building.”

“My mentor was a lifeline, these meetings kept me grounded and focused.”

“Priceless – would not have survived my 1st year w/o the support from my mentor and team.”

“It was so great getting to give some acknowledgement to all of the amazing people who have mentored and helped me.”

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