Mentoring and Induction Programming
Based on feedback from mentors and new teachers, we have added in some new features into our mentoring and induction programming. For example, we have expanded professional development for new educators to our district in the second and third years in collaboration with other districts. Additionally, we have workshops for our new educators to the district with the first one being next week, Tuesday, September 11th on the IEP Process and ESped. Second and Third Year educators are also welcome to attend. All of the year's mentoring and induction calendar of events can be viewed here. Thank you to our lead mentor, Brenda Webster, for her coordination of new teacher events and for Diane Borgatti who is leading the first workshop session next week.
DESE Instruction Support Networks
DESE is providing a wide range of support networks for educators on various topics that are free. Please review these networks and discuss with your building principals if you are interested in attending any of them. http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/networks.pdf
Professional Development Day Summary
Thank you for a productive and fun PD Day. Here is a link to our PD Website, which has a summary of our day and a link to a PD Survey. Please complete the PD Survey by Monday, September 10th.
Primary Source Fall Course Offerings
Our district has a partnership with Primary Source and have four spots for teachers to attend courses, as well as online modules. The courses are excellent. If you are interested in participating in a course, please email Maureen Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org the name of the course and why you are interested. Registration closes by the end of September. Here is a link to the offerings.
There is a feature in Teachpoint which provides you with the ability to view your educator plan, which has corresponding tracking of your plan and documents. When you are logged into Teachpoint, you will see a calendar icon on the left. Click on that icon and your plan will appear. You will see that there are links to create forms, as well as due dates, which can help you keep track over the course of the year.
Professional Development Teacher Directed Day-October 5th
For this year, the full day teacher-directed day will take place on the October 5th PD Day, instead of the March PD Day. A couple of advantages of this switch include the ability of educators being able to have time to immediately build off of the EdCamp sessions, as well as have time for collaborative cross-discipline and grade level work. Everyone will want to start thinking about their plans for the day. A PD form for sign-ups will be sent out to everyone next week to complete by September 22nd.
We will be starting up our fall book studies for PBL and for SEL in the Classroom at the end of September. Please email Maureen if you are interested in participating in either of the book studies. SEL in the Classroom books have been delivered to all teachers last week, which will be used this year to support our strategic goals around Social-Emotional Learning. Any paraprofessionals that wish to participate in a book study will receive the SEL in the Classroom book as well.
In addition to our in-service days, we offer a variety of PD opportunities for staff including book studies, #MURSDLeads, and workshops. This year, I will be sharing out a weekly theme in the weekly updates. These will be similar to the Reimagining messages of last year, but will include a range of information such as videos, blog posts, quotes, or podcasts. We will be offering PDPs for your participation and reflection upon the weeklythemes. Using the following form, you will write a brief reflection on what you learned and how it can be applied to your classrooms or your practice. You will need to complete 20 reflections to earn PDPs (10 total) and you will receive an additional PDP for every 2 additional entries you complete. You will submit the entries in June 2019.
This week's theme:
Every Kid Needs a Champion