New Dolton West Elementary District 148 teachers received some helpful tips and information during a two-day orientation program held prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year.
The incoming teachers shared and received input during the orientation held on Aug. 14 and 15.
District 148 induction/mentor coordinator Michael Hurst welcomed the new teachers as he led the orientation sessions.
He provided the teachers with a wide array of materials, talked about the district’s state-approved Induction/Mentor Program, went over procedures, and spoke about lessons being aligned with the Common Core State Standards. New teachers also were given a guided tour of the district’s Web site, and the intranet site staff can access for a variety of resources.
Assistant Superintendent Patricia Moore and Director of Support Programs Candace K. Dunleavy greeted the teachers, encouraged them to ask for help when they need it, and wished them success.
The teachers had the chance to get acquainted, collaborate, share thoughts and experiences, and participate in discussions with their colleagues. They also met with their teacher mentors during the final day of the program.
Director of Technology Karen Marshall provided the incoming educators with website and Internet access information. She also answered technology-related questions.
The new teacher orientation program is part of District 148’s state-approved, two-year Induction/Mentor Program which brings together first- and second-year teachers, also known as protégés, with building mentors on a monthly basis throughout the school year.