All new teachers to Medfield participate in our Mentor and Induction Program for their first year. The program, developed by Kim Cave is designed to introduce new teachers to the culture of the schools, provide information about the professional assignment, and to provide continuous, non-evaluative collegial support throughout the first year in the district.
Prior to the first day of school, new teachers meet with district and building administrators. District administrators provide the district overview, a bus tour of the town and a cook-out social. Building administrators help acclimate new teachers to the building, provide information necessary for a successful first day, first week and beyond, as well as introducing new teachers to their colleagues.
That's not all.. for the first time, Medfield included a Technology Boot Camp as apart of those initial induction days. Neal Sonnenberg and Diane Horvath, Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) led the 2 hour training session of learning how to log into the network, basic First Class email tutorials, Google Apps for Ed, School Dude technology-ticketing management system, Aesop for absence reporting and simply getting to your new technology besties, Neal & Diane!
The new group of teachers were so appreciative of the detailed instruction and in making sure they were able to access and log into all the essential technology tools. Now they'll be able to concentrate more on learning their new role and preparing for those first days of school. The Tech Boot Camp concluded their initial two-day induction as we wished them a wonderful school year!