by Jackie Nunnery
New teachers with Lancaster County Public Schools have been busy preparing for the upcoming school year, which begins September 3.
All teachers new to the district, some new to the profession and others with years of experience spent two days, August 19 and 20, focused on “easing the transition into education, providing support and guidance in planning for a successful opening and exposing new staff to the love and support of our community,” said Anna Kellum, instructor of two-day orientation program and instructional coordinator with LPS.
This two-day introduction is part of the district’s Quality Teacher Induction Program, which “continues to support new staff throughout the year with monthly meetings, social and events,” said Kellum. “Meetings focus on classroom management, planning, assessments, data expectations and any other topics requested by the teachers and/or administration.”
This early support is expected to encourage collaborative and effective instruction that is focused on increased student achievement and help new teachers understand the district goals, curriculum and professional development, she said.
Two businesses also welcomed the new teachers to the community. Virginia Commonwealth Bank provided a social hour on the first evening, and the Tides Inn held a luncheon the following afternoon.