Area youth entering school for the first time, or transitioning up to a higher-grade school, aren’t the only ones getting ready for new surroundings this school year.
Surry County Schools held a new teacher orientation recently, with 19 individuals either entering the ranks of teaching for the first time or transferring from other systems to Surry County Schools, attending the two-day session.
Travis Reeves, superintendent, and Clark Goings, vice chairman of the board of education, welcomed the teachers on the first day. Central Office administrators and directors also were at the opening meeting to welcome the new teachers.
School officials making presentations covered topics that each new teacher will need to familiarize themselves with, and officials offered training in tools the teachers will use every day, according to school officials.
Among the topics covered were: standards and pacing, adherence to the state standard course of study or curriculum; formative and summative assessment; lesson planning; Haiku, which is a learning management system; Google apps, which the school system uses every day in the classroom; and professional development, which included a review of state and local requirements for teachers during their first three years on the job.
The sessions also included a look at beginning teacher requirements in North Carolina, as well as assigning mentors to work with the new students and to do four observations per year as well as putting together an individual professional development plan for each new teacher.
Since there are still several teacher vacancies to be filled, another New Teacher Orientation will be held at a later date, according to Dickerson.
“It is always a joy to work with new teachers as they bring a fresh perspective to the teaching profession,” she said. “The Surry County School System is committed to providing resources and support that will help each new teacher be successful.”
Along with Dickerson, those making presentations during the orientation included Jill Reinhardt, assistant superintendent of curriculum; Neil Atkins, director of virtual learning and secondary education; Lucas Gillespie, director of academic and digital learning; and Chuck Graham, associate superintendent
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