Today I met the district's new teachers at the 1st day of the Smithville Teacher Academy. The Smithville Teacher Academy was developed last year as a mentoring program for new teachers of Smithville ISD. The new teachers take part in three days of professional development prior to the general convocation on Monday, August 16th. This training has moved from simply taking care of district business needs to include a focus on expectations of being a teacher in Smithville.
The new staff will take part in training throughout the school year focusing on best teaching practices. The staff will reference the Harry Wong book First Days of School during the year. The group will also participate in a book study of Robert Marzano's book Classroom Instruction That Works.
The exciting piece is that these new teachers are joining recognized campuses and will gain knowledge through shared experiences and learning throughout the school year. Theses new Tigers will fit in great and will be a welcome addition to our schools and community.
Welcome to Smithville and have a great year.