FF: You've Hired Great People, Now What?

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This is a continuation of our coaching calls with Eric Makelky. Please check our previous episodes 532, 527, 523 519 514, 510, 506, and 501

In this episode, we talk about onboarding new staff. 
  • What Eric has done that has been helpful.
  • District duties and Principal duties.
  • How do we make people stick around?
  • New Teacher Academy - in-house teachers come in and model, share, and showcase practices from their classroom.
  • In-house people leading these things.
  • Half-day around the building - basic information.
  • Make a list, and trickle in during the summer.
  • And what do they really need to be ready for the first day of school?
  • Resources, curriculum, plan, classroom management.
  • Big Picture vs. Details.
  • How do you do that?
  • Trello Board about onboarding
  • How do you avoid overwhelming them?
  • Identify what is really valuable and what is extra
  • Mentoring new teachers
  • How do you not force mentoring on teachers?
  • Collaborative teams within PLCs.
    1. Solid mentor
    2. Mentorship is done according to the needs of the mentee
    3. It’s about mentoring culture not just pedagogy.
  • Have retired teachers come and be mentors when appropriate.

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FF: You've Hired Great People, Now What?