Superintendent Dr. LaTonya Goffney welcomed nearly 200 teachers who attended the New Teacher Induction Academy held at Davis High School Aug 2. Some are new to the profession and others only new to Aldine ISD.
Performing arts students, including the Aldine Dance Company, kicked off the event with high-energy performances to welcome the new educators. The students received a standing ovation from teachers, staff, and administrators in attendance. During lunch, everyone enjoyed the Eisenhower HS jazz band. Teachers also got the chance to see artwork on display.
Goffney began her speech by thanking the new teachers for choosing Aldine students. She shared some of her own experiences and the teachers who influenced her. She reminded them of the incredible responsibility that they have. Goffney reiterated that she urges teachers to always do their best work.
“I want you to focus on how you are adding value to your students, your team and to yourselves,” stated Goffney. “Subtract negative people, thoughts and actions. Instead, multiply hope in everything you do!
“Be all in every day. Be focused and determined to make a difference for all students. And I can assure you of one thing, you will be tired at the end of the year. But — this is one of my favorite quotes, and I want you to remember it — on your very worst day on the job, you are still some child’s best hope.”
After the welcome, the staff broke off to attend sessions taught by veteran District educators. Training covered many topics including instructional techniques and cultural diversity. Additionally, four AISD teachers with one year of experience comprised a panel. They told this year’s new teachers what to expect during their first year.
Also on hand to provide information were representatives from several departments. They included human resources, finance, athletics and curriculum.
The Human Resources Department plays a major role in working with the new teachers. Dr. Selina Chapa views the New Teacher Induction Academy as a valuable experience for the newbies. Chapa is the assistant superintendent of human resources. According to Chapa, the Academy is a celebration. However, it also acculturates newcomers to AISD and its culture of learning.
“There is excitement among our new teachers,” said Chapa. “They are ready to start working with our students. We want to build on that positive momentum and support them to ensure they have a successful first year in AISD.”
Veteran educators return August 6. That same week on Aug. 9, District staff from every campus and department will celebrate the new school year with a convocation event.
All teachers will have campus and staff development days before the start of the school year.
Students in the District will start classes on Aug. 20.
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