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COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
333 MARKET STREET
HARRISBURG, PA 17126-0333







Teacher Induction Report
Approved October 14, 2008

Entity: Southern Lehigh SD
Address: 5775 Main St
Center Valley, PA 18034-9703
Phone: (610) 282-3121 Ext: 5110
Contact Name: Leah Christman

 

Teacher Induction Planning Participants

Name

Affiliation

Membership Category

Appointed By

Debbie Galle

Curriculum and Technology Secretary

Other

SLSD Administration

Diane Keister

Director of Elementary Education

Administrator

Superintendent

Edward Donahue

MS Principal

Administrator

Superintendent

Joan Takacs

Director of Secondary Education

Administrator

Superintendent

Jody Rennie

School Board Member

Board Member

School Board

Joseph Volk

Business Member

Business Representative

School Board

Kathy Parsons

Parent

Parent

School Board

Kim Lysakowski

Elementary Instructional Support Teacher

Elementary School Teacher

Southern Lehigh Education Association

Leah Christman

Assistant Superintendent

Administrator

Superintendent

Lisa Auteri

School Board Member

Board Member

School Board

Lori Limpar

Elementary Principal

Administrator

Superintendent

Marie Arnold

Parent

Parent

School Board

Mark Covelle

HS Assistant Principal

Administrator

Superintendent

Mary Farris

Intermediate School Principal

Administrator

Superintendent

Mary Lou McKee

HS Nurse

Ed Specialist - School Nurse

Educational Specialists

Mary Orlando

Elementary Teacher

Elementary School Teacher

Southern Lehigh Education Association

Michele Berosh

MS Teacher

Middle School Teacher

Southern Lehigh Education Association

Morag Christie-Churm

Director of Special Education

Administrator

Superintendent

Nathan Davidson

MS Assistant Principal

Administrator

Superintendent

Pat Combs

HS Teacher

Secondary School Teacher

Southern Lehigh Education Association

Scot Engler

Director of Special Education

Administrator

Superintendent

Tamme Westbrooks

HS Guidance

Ed Specialist - School Counselor

Educational Specialists

Walter Sanders

Business Member

Business Representative

School Board

Goals and Competencies

The overarching goal of the Induction Program in Southern Lehigh School District is to provide our first-year and new teachers with relevant support to insure their smooth transition into the profession and district organization so that they may positively impact on student learning. Using a mentor-inductee approach, new teachers are assisted in their education and exposure to prime areas of teaching and workplace protocols by experienced collegial partners.

 Organization of the Induction Program provides for:

 Orientation in the Induction Program provides employees new to Southern Lehigh School District with introduction to:

·          Professional Seminar Series: New employees will participate in a year-long series of seminars that focus on:

 Code of Professional Practice:

The Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators sets forth rules of conduct to which professional educators are legally bound. New employees will be informed of the code and provided with a copy of the code.

The Southern Lehigh Induction program must last for at least one full year.

Assessment Processes

The Curriculum Coordinators, working with the building Principals,  maintain oversight responsibility to affirm that all components of the Induction Plan are met. All teachers who are new to the teaching profession and teachers who are new to Southern Lehigh will participate in the Induction process and will complete two needs assessment surveys — the Induction Needs Assessment and the Technology Assessment — as a means to collect data from new employees and help guide appropriate induction activities and programming. A post-induction evaluation tool will be used to gain feedback from new employees on the helpfulness of the Induction Program.

The Induction Coordinators will also develop a yearly calendar to accomplish all the items listed in the Induction Program and to insure the goals of the Induction Plan are met. The Induction Coordinators will meet annually with the Act 48 Committee to assess the effectiveness of the Induction Plan, monitor the data collected from new employees, and make adjustments to the Induction Plan as necessary.

On-going assessment will occur through the following: 

During the school year, the new employee, the mentor, and the building Principal or Supervisor will monitor information collected through the log and needs assessments. Opportunities for reflective discussion will be used to support the growth of new employees. At the conclusion of the Induction program, the growth of the new employee will be analyzed with the mentor, building principal and/or supervisor to determine if there is a need for additional training or mentoring. It should be noted that  consideration will also be given to continuing the relationship between a mentor and new employee beyond the scope of one year to build individual professional capacity and/or to build grade level/department capacity. 

Mentor Selection

The Southern Lehigh School District believes that a mentor can provide substantial support for a new employee in the areas of skill development, job coaching, resource location/ selection/ requisition, communication, procedural explanations, and general information.

All new employees will have a mentor who is considered to be competent and knowledgeable in their department or building. Mentors will be selected by the building Principal or Supervisor for each new employee.

Mentors will be selected based on the following criteria:

1. Demonstrate qualities that are consistent with quality teaching and/or quality job performance

2. Subject matter, grade level, or job function compatibility

3. Experience level

4. Certification compatibility

If a mentor resigns a new mentor will be provided. Should a new employee's job responsibilities require the need for multiple mentors, building Principals and Supervisors will take this into consideration for assignment of mentors.

Mentors will be paid per District policy, will be required to complete mentor training, and will be expected to provide support to benefit and aide the new employee through the completion of all activities and topics as outlined in the Induction Log.

Additional Resources and Support

 Southern Lehigh School District is committed to support the training, orientation, and professional development of new employees with all appropriate personnel and fiscal resources.  In addition to an assigned mentor, leadership and guidance may come by way of the principal and various support personnel. These may include:

Activities and Topics

Multiple activities and topics will be covered throughout a new employee's first year in the District.

An Induction Log (below) will be used to document completion of relevant and required activities and topics covered.

The following timeline is a list of the categories, activities, and topics to be covered with new employees. All of these items will take place throughout an employee's first year in the District. 

NEW TEACHER INDUCTION PLAN - TIMELINE

SEPTEMBER

      New Teacher Orientation including:

 OCTOBER  

NOVEMBER

 DECEMBER  

 JANUARY 

 FEBRUARY

MARCH  

APRIL  

MAY  

JUNE  

SOUTHERN LEHIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
INDUCTION LOG


Supporting Vision:

The purpose of induction is to support the emotional and professional development for teachers new to Southern Lehigh School District.  Through the course of the induction process, the new teacher will become an integral and contributing member of the Southern Lehigh Culture. The goal of the entire process is to support new teachers so that they impact positively on student learning.  To this end, each inductee will work with a mentor who will provide support and leadership.

To demonstrate that the induction/mentoring needs have been met under PDE requirements, each inductee and mentor will complete the following log of meetings with his/her mentor.

August/September   
Procedural Responsibilities   

•    Review first day schedule                                                                     _____
•    Review regular schedule                                                                       _____   
•    Ensure inductee has a copy of all relevant curricula.                             _____
•    Ensure inductee has all teaching materials he/she requires                    _____
•    Explain duty assignments                                                                      _____
•    Explain absence procedures (personal/emergency day)                        _____
•    Review discipline procedures                                                                _____
•    Review attendance procedures (Power Grade/Power
      Teacher — all buildings)                                                                         _____
•    Review lunch count procedures (Power Teacher —    
      elementary only)                                                                                    _____
•    Explain phone system & setup                                                               _____
•    Review faculty/student handbooks                                                         _____
•    Introductions to key people (psychologist, nurse, IST and/or
      SAP coordinator)                                                                                   _____   
•    Review emergency plan (Emphasize fire drill procedures)                     _____


       
August/September
•    Instructional Coaching                                                                            _____
•    Discuss classroom management & ensure that the inductee        
      has a plan in place                                                                                   _____
•    Review district lesson plan format                                                           _____
•    Share materials, resources, and management tips                                     _____
•    Preparation for open house procedures                                                    _____
•    Plan for first classroom observation, including lesson plan
      and resources
•    Celebrate small successes                                                                         _____


August/September
Shared Reflection:



Inductee Signature:     __________________________________________


Mentor Signature:    __________________________________________
October
Procedural Responsibilities   

•    Review grading procedures (including Power Grade at
      Middle & High School)                                                                            _____
•    Walk through progress report procedures (including PowerGrade
      at Middle & High School)                                                                        _____
•    Walk through report card procedures (including PowerGrade
      Grade at Middle & High School)                                                             _____
•    Discuss and support inductee in the clinical observation process              _____
•    Review budget procedures                                                                        _____
•    CPE tracker — provide assistance or refer to building trainer                     _____
•    Familiarize with network resources                                                           _____
•    Standardized Testing procedures                                                               _____
•    Review Professional Code of Ethics                                                         _____
•    Register for District First Aid course or provide proof of current              _____    
      First Aid certification


October
•    Instructional Coaching                                                                              _____    
•    Share common practices that teachers are expected to follow
    (e.g. writing format, etc.)                                                                           _____
•    Meet with inductee to discuss ongoing experience with framework
      for teachers (observation)                                                                        _____
•    Academy requirements and procedures                                                   _____
•    Reflect on classroom observation experience (confer with mentor as
      needed).                                                                                                  _____
•    Provide advice in the domains of planning & preparation, classroom
      environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities.                    _____
•    Celebrate small successes                                                                        _____
  
October
Shared Reflection:




Inductee Signature:     __________________________________________


Mentor Signature:      __________________________________________

November/December
Procedural Responsibilities

•    Review district organizational responsibilities, e.g. graduate course
     processes & tuition reimbursement who to contact for which
     support or service                                                                                  _____
•    Review inclement weather procedures                                                 _____
•    Check on progress with Academy hours                                              _____


November/December

•    Instructional Coaching                                                                         _____
•    Provide advice in the domains of planning & preparation, classroom 
      environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities.                 _____
•    Preparation for parent/teacher conference.                                           _____
•    Celebrate small successes                                                                    _____
•    Sort the nice from the necessary.  Discuss areas of overload and
      sort priorities                                                                                       _____
•    Check on pacing and progress with the curriculum                             _____
•    Reflect on classroom observation experience (confer with mentor as
      needed).                                                                                              _____



November/December
Shared Reflection:



Inductee Signature:     __________________________________________


Mentor Signature:      __________________________________________

January/February
Procedural Responsibilities

•    Prepare for midyear assessments and collection of data                      _____

January/February
Instructional Coaching
•    Provide advice in the domains of planning & preparation, classroom
     environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities.                 _____
•    Check on pacing and progress with the curriculum                            _____
•    Reflect on classroom observation experience (confer with mentor as
     needed).                                                                                              _____
•    Celebrate small successes                                                                   _____


January/February
Shared Reflection



Inductee Signature:     __________________________________________


Mentor Signature:      __________________________________________

March/April
Procedural Responsibilities

•    Check on progress with Academy hours                                        _____

March/April
•    Instructional Coaching                                                                    _____
•    Provide advice in the domains of planning & preparation, classroom
      environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities.           _____
•    Reflect on classroom observation experience (confer with mentor as
      needed).                                                                                        _____
•    Check on pacing and progress with the curriculum.                      _____
•    Celebrate small successes.                                                             _____

March/April
Shared Reflection:


Inductee Signature:     __________________________________________


Mentor Signature:      __________________________________________

May
Procedural Responsibilities

•    Prepare for year-end assessments and collection of data              _____
•    End of year close out responsibilities                                           _____   
•    Complete Induction Log and Induction Completion Form.  Send to       
      Curriculum Office by May 15th                                                  _____

May
•    Instructional Coaching                                                                 _____
•    Celebrate small successes                                                             _____
•    Check on pacing and progress with the curriculum                     _____



May
Shared Reflection:




Inductee Signature:     __________________________________________


Mentor Signature:      __________________________________________

SOUTHERN LEHIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Center Valley, PA  18034

INDUCTION COMPLETION FORM*




_____________________________________________has completed the Southern Lehigh School District’s Induction process that included the following:

•    Introduction to key district personnel
•    Familiarity with district facilities
•    Orientation to processes and procedures of his/her building
•    Knowledge of available student support services, instructional support and student assistance, and health services (current first aid certification)
•    Availability of professional development
•    Discussion of district expectations for curriculum and instruction
•    Understanding of the “Framework for Teaching”
•    Review of Professional Code of Ethics
•    Reflection on performance and achievements
•    Understanding of the Rigor — Relevance Framework


Mentor and principal are to sign and date when all items have been discussed and reviewed. Completed form is to be submitted to the Curriculum Office by MAY 15TH.




_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                      
Teacher's Signature                                                             Date                                    Principal’s Signature                                         Date



_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                      
Mentor’s Signature                                                             Date                                               Signature                                                 Date
                                                                                                                                   Director of Elementary Education/
                                                                                                                                        Director of Secondary Education

*This form must be sent to the Curriculum Office by May 15th to receive credit for induction.

Evaluation and Monitoring

The following documentation, evaluation, and monitoring events will occur to insure the new employee is meeting with success.

New Employees

The Building Principal, Supervisor, and District Induction Coordinators will be responsible for reviewing this documentation in order to gauge the effectiveness of the Induction Program and make changes as necessary for future new employees. 

Participation and Completion

The following events will occur to document employee participation and completion of the Induction Program:

  1. Completion of the Induction Needs Assessment and Post Induction Evaluation Survey
  2. Completion of the Induction Log report and certification with the building Principal and Supervisor at final review
  3. Each participant in the Induction Program will receive a letter and certificate of completion if the employee successfully completes all components of the Induction Program
  4. Copies of the Induction Certificate of Completion will be maintained in the employee's file.