2017 New Staff Orientation for Elementary Staff
Starting something new is difficult—it doesn’t matter if you’re starting a new job, starting a new relationship, or starting a new passion project. Greater still is that what makes starting out as a new teacher extra difficult is that it’s all three of these: it’s a job, yes, but our work as educators also requires strong relationships and a passion for learning. For this reason our RPS Curriculum and Instruction team strives to help ensure that our new hires have the foundation they need to start on day one.
Both Tuesday and Wednesday, my elementary C&I colleagues and I worked in collaboration with instructional coaches, equity specialists, and district administrators to welcome over 80 new elementary educators to the Rochester Public Schools. In our orientation we did our best to cover all three of these areas. Here are a few of the highlights:
So, sure, starting something new is difficult, but hopefully after the last few days of orientation it’s not too overwhelming: even though I I know that’s a lot to squeeze into two days. But, perhaps Rita Pierson said it best in her 2003 Ted Talk “Every Kid Needs a Champion,” when she said:
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