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The Elementary and Secondary New Teacher Induction Programs and the District Mentor Program play important roles in recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers. They also provide opportunities for veteran teachers to grow and share professionally. Teachers new to the district receive assistance, support and training while mentor teachers, helping teachers and teacher trainers benefit from the professional collaboration and collegiality that are the basis for all program interactions.
New Teacher Induction Programs
The Elementary and Secondary New Teacher Induction Programs provide extensive classroom preparation for teachers new to the Liverpool Central School District. During the elementary and secondary induction programs, new teachers attend comprehensive sessions about curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
The Mentor Program is designed to meet the professional needs of teachers as they make the transition into their new teaching positions in the district. Experienced, tenured teachers are selected to act as mentors for one year as part of their supervision plan. Building principals match mentors to new teachers based on grade level, content area or team assignment. Approved teachers serve as mentors for one school year.
Mentors and new teachers meet during the summer and attend a two-day seminar where they learn to develop a mentoring relationship based on trust, encouragement and communication. During this time, mentors assist new teachers with building orientations, classroom procedures, district policies, instructional strategies, curriculum resources and technology applications.
An after school session is offered in January to mentors and new teachers as an opportunity to evaluate the first half of the year and plan for the second semester. Building principals maintain the program throughout the year by meeting with mentors and new teachers individually or in groups to discuss topics ranging from parent conferences to report cards.
Resources available for downloading include:
- Mentor Log: New teachers and mentors are required to complete individual logs throughout the year to record their mentoring activities. Both logs (the mentor's log and the new teacher's log) should be word processed, and then e mailed to the Director of Professional Development at the end of the school year.
- Lists of Mentor Review Topics: These are listed by division (elementary, middle, high school) to be used as references when mentors share information about working in the Liverpool Central School District.
- Mentor Program Handbook: This document outlines the background, goals, policies and procedures, and participant responsibilities of the Mentor Program.
- Mentor Program Confidentiality Statement: This document must be signed by the mentor and returned to the Director of Instructional Assistance.
- Mentor Program Building Summary Form: Mentors and new teachers use this document to summarize the activities accomplished during the summer building mentoring session. The mentor and the new teacher each sign the bottom of the form. Give this signed form to your building secretary at the end of the day, along with your evaluation and stipend forms.
- The First Year of Teaching: This research-based outline provides an overview of a new teacher's typical professional and emotional journey during the first year of teaching.
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