All teachers new to the district are assigned a certified/trained mentor for at least the first year of employment; a second year is sometimes also available. New teachers to the professional must participant in a minimum of 150 hours of mentoring during their first 3 years of teaching. New staff meet with their mentor on a regular basis and observe one anothers instructional lessons. Mentor training is conducted by a trainer who is certified for that position and who meets with mentors to assure the best possible experience and professional growth for new teachers to our district.
Teachers who had or have students enrolled in their classes who are reported as English Language Learners (ELL) are required to complete the 45-hour graduate level SEI Endorsement course. Teachers for whom this requirement is needed for the FY16 academic year, must enrolled at the RETELL site of the MA DESE website. The SEI/RETELL link contains information of the requirements and procedure for registration for this course. Open enrollment begins September 14, 2015 for the spring session. As enrollment fills very quickly, it is recommended that individuals register as quickly as possible on that beginning date.
Teachers are responsible for the individual requirements and renewal of educator licensure. The Educator Licensure and Recruitment site ELAR contains the necessary information for completing the application as well as contains the necessary information for renewing, applying, or extending a license. Teachers who hold Professional Licensure must maintain an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) in order to renew that license. The IPDP form is avaialble on the ELAR website and is copied as an attachement on this page.
Professional Development days and the work in which teachers will be engaged is organized by the District Strategic Plan and the District Technology Plan. Utilizing these plans the district has established a professional development focus in the areas of digital learning, social and emotional learning, and the further development of instructional strategies that adhere to the principles of Universal Design for Learning.