Induction and Mentoring
Induction Program Overview
The purpose of the MCCPS Induction and Mentoring Program is to foster the success of new and new-to-their role employees. The program pairs a mentor (experienced employee) and mentee (new/new to role employee). Together they engage in various forms of professional development that foster professional practice and student growth. This learning is supported by grade level and/or department colleagues and the administration.
The Induction and Mentoring Program strives to create an environment where collegial and reflective practice is the norm, and where the adults foster a community that enables the children to become critical and creative thinkers who are committed to achieving their highest intellectual, artistic, social, emotional, and physical potential. The program is intended to provide individualized support that addresses the unique needs of new/new-to-the role employees.
The Induction and Mentoring Program is designed to support new and new-to-the-role employees to:
- Adapt to the school environment and embrace a culture of collegiality and continuous learning
- Provide student-centered, project-based learning experiences for all students
- Become reflective practitioners
- Honor the policies and practices in the School's Charter
Meetings and Observations
Per DESE regulations, all first and second year employees will have a mentor. The administration will pair mentors and mentees.
- First year employees will meet with their mentors at least once a week. Second year employees will meet with their mentors regularly (as determined by the pair). The mentee will record this work via a Mentoring Log and will submit the log to the Mentoring Coordinator monthly.
- Mentors will meet as a group with the Head of School and Mentoring Coordinator at least once per trimester.
- Mentees will meet weekly as a group with the Mentoring Coordinator at least once per trimester.
- First year teachers will meet weekly with the Head of School during the first term.
- Observations will be comprised of a combination of formal and informal, announced and unannounced classroom visits.
- First and second year teachers will be observed at least once per trimester.
Mentors will be offered one of three options to compensate their efforts. A Mentor may choose forty lunches, two additional personal days, or no recess duties. This choice should be communicated to the Head of School.
- Entire Orientation Binder (2016)
- MCCPS Mission and Charter Tenets
- MCCPS Charter
- Academic Program Overview
- Sample Exhibition Program
- Global Themes
- Essential Habits
Curriculum and Instruction
Sharing information about the Common Core, best teaching practices, planning, assessment and teaching for understanding
- Towards a Coherent Curriculum
- Instruction and Assessment Cycle
- Scaffolding vs. Rescuing
- Depth of Knowledge
- Unit and Lesson Plan Expectations and Examples
- Curriculum Maps
- Grading Practices
- Student-Centered Assessment
- What is Service Learning
Classroom Management and Home School Communication
Providing assistance with routines, organization, assessment and best practices leading to high levels of instructional rigor and engagement. Share methods related to conferencing and communication with colleagues and parents
Operations and HR
Conflict of Interest Documents
- State Ethics Training Online Training (Please Print the Confirmation Sheet ***You may need to hit enter / return so your name appears on the certificate***)
- Summary of Conflict of Interest Laws
- Printable Summary of Conflict of Interest Laws with Signature Sheet
- Special Exemptions for Teachers
CORI and SORI Forms
Student Information System: PowerSchool Training Tutorials