New Teacher Academy starts Tuesday - September 21, 2007

Record Number: 3432
Displayed from: Sep 21, 2007 , until: Oct 11, 2007

Fort Wayne Community Schools' newest teachers will begin the 2007-08 New Teacher Academy Tuesday, Sept. 25. This is the third year for the Academy, which is designed to provide support and direction for new teachers. Nationwide, about one-third of qualified teachers leave within the first three years because of a lack of support, difficulty balancing personal and professional demands, excessive paperwork, inadequate classroom management and discipline and the high-stress nature of the job. FWCS wants to make sure that doesn't happen to its newest teachers. The program is jointly sponsored by the Fort Wayne Education Association, which represents the teachers, and meets the state licensing requirements to participate in an internship. "No amount of college training can completely prepare teachers for what actually occurs in the classroom," said Nichole Gilg, coordinator of professional development. "At Fort Wayne Community Schools, we want to make sure our teachers are the best and have the support systems they need to be successful in their own classrooms." Teachers meet about once a month to learn strategies that will help them in their new careers and have an opportunity to share experiences with other new teachers as well as mentors. New teachers are paired with a master teacher, who serves as a mentor, to help them as they develop into their new roles. Tuesday's meeting, at 4 p.m. in the South Side High School media center, is an orientation that will focus on introducing teachers to the academy and explain the role of mentors. There will also be a motivational presentation for first-year teachers. Second-year teachers in the program will have an opportunity to meet with their mentors to go over some of their work for the year.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.