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Mentoring and Fresh Start

 

 

 

 

Welcome new teachers for the 2016-2017 School Year to the Oskaloosa Community School District!

 

Photo of 2016-17 New Teachers

 

 

 

Mentoring is a required program in Iowa supported in the Oskaloosa School District with the New Teacher Mentoring Program.

A two-year program, the New Teacher Mentoring Program provides an on-site mentor to the beginning teacher/new professional.  The Mentoring Handbook, outlining the New Teacher Mentoring Program is linked on the right side of the page.

The first year is a transition into the district and the mentor and the mentoring facilitator ensure new professionals have the necessary support to be successful classroom teachers!

The second year focuses on the Iowa Teaching Standards and classroom practice.  A portfolio is created providing evidence of two years of successful teaching.


Fresh Start is a support group to assist new teachers to the Oskaloosa Community School District.

The Fresh Start facilitator provides support as new teachers to the district learn about Oskaloosa and adapt to a new environment. Whether you have taught before or are just starting your teaching career, support is required to adjust.   The Fresh Start Program is designed to do just that!

Many things are learned about the new district as this group meets frequently at the beginning of the school year.  As teachers become adjusted to the district, the Fresh Start group meets less frequently.  The overall goal is to make new teachers to the district feel like they belong to our Learning Community and have the necessary support to be successful classroom teachers!


DE Licensure Site Advice to New Teachers FROM New Teachers 15-16 Mentoring/Fresh Start Calendar ABC's of Oskaloosa
Portfolio Project Requirements Link to On Line Portfolio Writing Learning Targets "Starting the School Year Off Right"
Monthly Mentoring Log 15-16 Mentoring Handbook Goal Setting Sheet Mentoring Conversations Power Point
Setting Classroom Tone From Day One Setting High Expectations - Classroom Management Safe and Positive Classroom - Jim Knight Coaching "First Year Teacher Checklist"