New Staff Training, Mentoring, and Induction Program
Purpose: To support new special education staff as they start within the field in order to ensure staff feel they have the greatest level of success, and ultimately students receive the greatest level of achievement.
General Description: In the past few years Southern Plains has had staff enter the cooperative with 3-4 years of experience in other districts, come straight out of college, come while they are enrolled in special education programs, and staff hired as “community experts” with NO experience in education and not currently enrolled in programs. We have had to develop a model that fit the diverse needs of all staff.
This program is designed on the “gradual release” model (I do, we do, you do). All reasonable efforts are made to do all tasks in this format. The mentor and coordinator share in this model depending upon the task, ability, schedule, and comfort level.
The greatest focus on New Staff Induction has been on due process. However, there is also focus on the unique aspects special needs instruction.
General induction such as district policy and procedures, district curriculum, and related issues are the responsibility of the member district induction program.