To assure a smooth transition for new teachers, Long
Beach Public Schools hosted a three-day orientation program that outlined the
district’s academic expectations for teachers and the tools they will be given
to meet those expectations, the Long Beach School District announced this week.
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Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and
Instruction Dr. Kenneth Graham explained how each lesson should clearly state
objectives, include activities that support those objectives, and provide
measurable evidence of student mastery.
New teachers were also introduced to “New York Learns,” a web-based program that provides teachers with interactive resources for the classroom, for web pages, and for full access to the district's curriculum. Graham also gave teachers information about district protocol for upholding the Dignity for All Students Act that deals with instruction in civility, citizenship and character education while promoting a positive school environment free from discrimination and harassment.
The program concluded with a bus tour of the surrounding Long Beach community, conducted by Board of Education President Patrick Gallagher and Roberta Fiore of the Long Beach Historical Society.
All first-year teachers were assigned a mentor and will attend monthly mentoring meetings to receive additional support and training throughout the year. New teachers with classroom experience were paired with a buddy or mentor to help them acclimate to their new school environment.