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Tool: Creating an orientation handbook for beginning teachers

Purpose of this tool: This tool is designed to help you create an orientation handbook for beginning teachers. The handbook centralizes important information on procedures, policies, important dates and people to know.

How to use this tool:  Design your own handbook using the following format as a guide and providing information pertinent to your school or district. Adapt and add to the content as you see fit.

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Important people
Name
Contact information
Principal    
Secretary    
Nurse    
Custodial staff    
Librarian    
Curriculum specialist    
Technology support    
District office support    
Personnel director    
Resource    
Counselor    
Psychologist    
Speech therapist    
EEL teacher    
Reading specialist    
Physical therapist    
Occupational therapist    
Music teacher    
P.E. teacher    
Art teacher    
Career center    
Permanent substitute    
Cafeteria staff    

 

Important tools
Location and usage information
Phone system  
Substitute system  
Copy machine  
Laminating machine  
Die cut machine  
Mail system  
Intercom  
TV/VCR/DVD  
Other technologies  


Important dates

Use a monthly calendar to indicate important dates and deadlines. Be sure to include important information concerning the dates. Suggested events to include:

  • First day of school
  • Holidays and breaks
  • Open House
  • Conference days
  • In-service days
  • Student count days
  • Early release days
  • Faculty meetings
  • Testing days
  • Marking period or term dates
  • Grades due date
  • Plays, concerts and productions
  • Special events
  • Graduation
  • Last day of school
  • Deadlines for orders
  • District dates

Important policies and procedures

Resources
Information (include location)
Available supplies  
Budget  
Ordering supplies  
Available teacher resources  
Library books  
Video resources  
Other technology resources  

 

Planning and assessment
Information
Lesson plans  
Grade books  
Report cards/progress reports  
Conferences  
Student files  
Special services/child study referrals  

 

Management
Information
Discipline   
Attendance   
Lunch orders   
Hall passes   
Health office   
Sign-out   
Recess   
Assemblies   
Early release schedule   

 

Professional responsibilities
Information
Teacher duties  
Committees  
Professional development  
Attire  
Facilities usage  

 

Emergencies
Information
Fire drills  
Tornado drills  
Evacuations  
Other emergencies  

 

Forms
Information (include location)
Work orders  
Field trip orders and permission forms  
Transportation order forms  


Standards, curriculum and assessment

Include or direct to the location of information on the following:

  • School/district mission statement
  • Grade-level content expectations
  • Clarifying language in Michigan benchmarks (MiCLIMB)
  • Michigan curriculum framework
  • Curriculum guides
  • Assessment instruments

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