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UCPS HR, Instructional division unite to support new teachers

UCPS teacher mentors demonstrate a support activity for beginning teachers in a mentor workshop.

The Union County Public Schools Human Resources and the Instructional Division are working collaboratively to help beginning teachers.

The idea of the two departments working collaboratively was born after receiving feedback from prior groups of beginning teachers.

Working collaboratively reduces the amount of time new teachers are required to leave their buildings for various professional development activities.

The Human Resources Licensure Section staff, under the helm of Human Resources Director Lillian Rorie, has been busy in recent months with a myriad of opportunities that support UCPS beginning teachers.

UCPS Licensure Specialist Virginia Gutierrez met with first-year beginning teachers at the Professional Development Center recently to provide them an orientation on their licensure requirements.

In addition, staff from the Instructional Division held a science and social studies workshop for them that same afternoon.

The following day, second-year beginning teachers met with Ms. Gutierrez and staff from the Instructional Division at Walter Bickett Elementary School to receive, not only a reading workshop, but also an orientation to their licensure and beginning teacher requirements from the licensure section.

The topics discussed included what the Beginning Teacher Program is and how it supports the Beginning Teacher, the role of Mentors and Site-Based-Mentor Support Facilitators, the 21st Century Standards for evaluation, and the forms that are required for submission by BT’s and Mentors to meet compliance with state and local policies.

Written by: UCPS Licensure Specialist Virginia Gutierrez
Posted: Jan 22, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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