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August 19, 2004

Leading edge orientation program welcomes new teachers, offers support for the school year
Starting new teachers off on the right foot is one goal of a two-day orientation workshop hosted by the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. On Monday, August 23rd and Tuesday, August 24th, new full-time and long-term occasional teachers from primary, junior, intermediate, special education and secondary divisions will participate in workshops on how to set up the classroom for learning and success, program planning, implementing literacy across the curriculum, assessment and evaluation, plus a host of other board and policy related topics.

The new teacher orientation program has been going for eight years. The format includes a combination of large group sessions and smaller rotating workshops over the two days.

“Our Board is recognized as a leader in new teacher orientation. Each year we hear how appreciative the new teachers are of the experience,” remarks Judy Edgar, Chair of the Board. “We have developed a comprehensive program that sets a supportive tone. Orientation helps to ensure that new teachers do not feel alone on the first day of school because they’ve had a chance to meet other new teachers, do some networking, and find out how our Board operates.”

The sessions are designed to provide new teachers with an overview of board policies and teaching strategies, and give enough specific information to get them started on the first day of school. Additional training is offered at strategic points in the school year to further support them, such as sessions to understand how to fill out the assessment and evaluation sections of report cards.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 46 elementary and eight secondary schools serving 18,700 students, employing 1,067 teachers and 775 support staff. The Board covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south, and Quinte West to the West.

For information contact:
• Judy Edgar, Chair of the Board, (613) 921-3203, (or 1 800 267-4350 x2354 to leave a message)
• Erna Sorenson, Library Services Co-Ordinator, (613) 966-1170, ext. 2136, or 1 800 267-4350 x2136
• Wendy Whitehead, Human Resources Officer, Staff Policies & Procedures, (613) 966-1170, ext. 2265,
or 1 800 267-4350 x2265