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MENTORING PROGRAM


Milltown School District welcomes all new teachers during our annual New Staff Orientation in August. Novice teachers who hold a provisional certificate are assigned a mentor teacher, in accordance with state guidelines. Mentors support their novice partners throughout the school year in reaching the goals of the district's Mentoring and Induction Plan. After satisfying district requirements and completing their first year of teaching, the state will award a permanent teaching certificate.
 

New Teacher Guidance

District Mentoring and Induction Plan

 

Annual Performance Report: Consider the following:
New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers
Tips on Becoming a Good Teacher, by Dr. R.J. Klizlik

  • Instructional Functions: best practices, differentiated instruction, technology, centers, grouping, respect, parent involvement
  • Professional Functions: extra curricular involvement, committee work, continuing education
  • Personal Qualities: flexibility, cooperation, humor, timeliness, preparation, communication
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  • Planning: standards-driven, connection to previous knowledge, tiered activities, cross-curricular integration, developmentally appropriate objectives, differentiation of instruction and assessment, various modalities/multiple intelligences are addressed in activities, higher order thinking skills (Bloom's taxonomy)
  • Presentation: time on-task, transition, monitoring, feedback, organization and logic of lesson, direct instruction or group work
  • Materials: advance preparation, manipulatives, audio/visual, multisensory
  • Evaluation: incorporate opportunities for various student responses including oral, written, pair/share, etc., informal assessment, decision-making, probing questions, rubrics, projects
  • Atmosphere: learning centers, group roles, enthusiastic, engaging, student-centered, task-oriented
  • Communication: clearly stated and understandable objectives, teacher circulation
  • Management: clearly posted rules and consequences, praise, routines, redirection

 

Professional Improvement Plan: Consider the following:
New Jersey Professional Development Standards

  • Goals: professional growth objectives
  • Standards: indicate how goals are related to PD standards and administrative recommendations
  • Activities: workshops, staff development, committee work, professional days
  • PD Hours: professional development hours are valid toward your 100 hours only if related to PIP objectives
Resources and Professional Articles on the Web
Back-to-School GuideBack to School PowerPoint template
Lesson Building
Instructional Scaffolding
Rubrics
Formative Assessment
Team Teaching
Discipline
Time on Task
Special Education
Leading a Writing Workshop

 


 

 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Milltown School District is committed to the continued learning of all staff members in order to continuously improve classroom practice and increase student achievement. All staff members are required to complete a minimum of 20 professional development (PD) hours annually as related to their Professional Improvement Plan as required by the state of New Jersey. Teachers are provided with both in-service and off-site PD opportunities.

 

District Professional Development Plan

 

Teacher Evaluation System
In accordance with the Teach NJ Act, Milltown Schools have chosen Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching as the primary tool for teacher observation and evaluation. The links below explain the Danielson framework and provide further information on the state initiative regarding teacher evaluation.

The Framework for Teaching
The Teach NJ Act
EE4NJ Guidelines

Teach NJ School Improvement Team Members (ScIP)
Stephanie Brown, Superintendent/Curriculum Director

William Veit, Principal
Jill Maiorano, JK Teacher
Dawn Calvano, JK Teacher
Janet Ferlazzo, Principal
Patty Lawless, PV Teacher
Amy Klinger, PV Teacher

 

Local Professional Development Committee Members (LPDC)

Jill Maiorano, JK Chairperson

Sara McGowan, Jaclyn Citro

Amy Klinger, PV Chairperson

Leslie Thompson, Jennifer Topham

Stephanie Brown, Superintendent/Curriculum Director

 
 
Documents and Web Links
Professional Learning Calendar
New Jersey Professional Development Standards
New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers

 


 

TEACHER LINKS

 
LD Online (click here):  instructional strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities or ADHD
 
EduHound Classroom Templates (click here):  flyers, posters, and signs that can be downloaded and modified for use in your classroom
 
The Literacy Toolbelt (click here):  an online literacy coach to support language arts instruction
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