City Program Teaches New Teachers

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

August 22, 2007

Wednesday wasn't only the first day of school for students in Charlottesville, but over thirty first-time teachers are making their classroom debut.

To make sure they are up to the task, the district has a program to help these rookies teach like veterans.

Charlottesville school administrators say that they want high levels of learning for both teachers and students alike and that's why these teachers are being put to the test themselves.

"That's to be sure that when when our teachers get into the classroom, learning doesn't happen by chance," said Associate Superintendent, Gertrude Ivory.

Advisers will meet with new teachers weekly to go over things like instructional strategies, classroom initiatives, lesson plans and how to communicate with parents.

"We talk about procedures and at this time of year we also talk about back to school night and how they should be prepared when parents come in," said Jackie Harris, one of the New Teacher Advisers.

Dawn Locasale, another adviser said, "We also work on classroom management strategies; anything that we really see will help student success. Those research based strategies that we know that help with students' achievement."

Research and statistics show that the quality of the teacher in the classroom is the biggest influence on student achievement.

"So we want to make sure our teachers have the tools they need to engage students, to motivate them, to build relationships with students, to make sure that even though they are delivering content that they do it in a way that meets the needs of the children and will prepare them for the 21st century," said Ivory.

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