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New Teacher Workshops

"TPI gave me everything I didn't know I was missing as a first year teacher; I am a better teacher, learner, and person because of these workshops." - Tara Bishop, 1st Year Teacher




The Teacher Preparation Initiative hosts five New Teacher Workshops each academic year.

  • Ready, Set, Teach: Tools for Success – Tuesday, August 2, 2016 (Full Day)
    • This is a full day workshop that helps prepare teachers who are new to the profession. Technology is utilized to get teachers networking and they will hear an inspirational message from a second or third year teacher. Next, P-12 Veteran Teachers will lead overviews and activities on relationship building and classroom management. Then, after each of those sessions, new teachers will break-out in groups based on the level they teach. Groups will be facilitated by P-12 veteran and more experienced novice teachers. New teachers will discuss what they heard, have opportunities to ask questions, and will create their own implementation plan. The afternoon is structured so that teachers discuss what they bring to the profession and how that impacts their mission. Finally, novices take part in a facilitated “unconference” where they choose the topic they want to talk about with other new teachers.
  • Success with Students – Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (Evening)
    • In October, new teachers attend the workshop in the late afternoon through early evening. The topics of building relationships and classroom management are revisited in this gathering. After meeting together to re-connect, new teachers meet in groups in the areas they teach. Classroom management panels that include P-12 veteran teachers and SCSU Faculty Members are available to take questions and lead discussions. Teachers have a choice of staying with these groups until the end of the workshop or breaking into even smaller groups to discuss topics of their choice
  • Taking Care of Yourself – Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (Evening)
    • At the time of this second evening workshop, new teachers are often overwhelmed and stressed. Dr. Steve Hoover will share his expertise, through engagement and humor, to take new teachers through mindfulness based stress management. After a self-assessment, teachers will build resilience and prepare for stress and then learn how to help students manage stress. Teachers will conclude the evening by networking in the areas they teach.
  • Differentiating for Students – Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (Evening)
    • At this workshop, new teachers will move through three stations led by experts in the areas of working with English Language Learners, students struggling with academics (not in Special Education), and students who exhibit behaviors that get in the way of their success. The leaders of the stations will share an overview and tips, while also allowing for discussion and questions. The evening will conclude with break-out sessions on differentiating for learning and networking in the areas of teaching.
  • Revitalize & Rejuvenate: Finishing the School Year Strong! – Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (Evening)
    • At this final workshop, new teachers will reflect on their first year of teaching and will celebrate all they have accomplished. They will set goals for year two and think deeply about their future leadership. Networking at the levels they teach will also be incorporated.

"Over the past three years, over 9 in 10 participants have rated the sessions as being both of high quality and professionally useful. The planning team has consistently utilized need data to adjust the content of the sessions and have modified sessions in light of assessment data. The results from the New Teacher Workshops are simply the best I have ever seen and after 25 years of assessing, I cannot recommend the New Teacher Workshops highly enough!"

- Dr. John Hoover, Assessment Lead


Workshops are planned by Partner District P-12 Educators, SCSU Faculty Members, and the TPI P-12 Liaison. The content of the workshops are aligned with “Phases of First-Year Teachers’ Attitude toward Teaching” and the needs of novice teachers.

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All workshops include networking, facilitation and discussion, small group break-outs, use of technology, evaluation, and food/refreshments. In addition, resources are posted on our new teacher website. This coming year’s workshops will incorporate teacher leadership and social/emotional skills throughout each session.

The Teacher Preparation Initiative (TPI) will maximize teacher effectiveness and increase student achievement by transforming and strengthening teacher education through collaborative partnerships between SCSU and P-12 school districts.

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