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Third Session of 2013 New Teacher Academies Hosted by NDSU

 

NDSU School of Education faculty were host to thirteen new graduates who attended the third and final session of the 2013 Valley Partnership New Teacher Summer Academies on Friday, August 16.  The newly graduated teachers were welcomed by their more experienced K-12 colleagues and administrators for a day of activities and networking designed to prepare them for their first days in their new classrooms.  Carol Beaton, retired Fargo teacher and current coordinator for the Southeast Education Cooperative (SEEC) Beginning Teacher Network, facilitated the three academy sessions for Valley Partnership.  Participants expressed appreciation for the opportunity to ask questions and learn new and varied organizational strategies from their experienced peers.  They also enjoyed the time to meet and visit with their classmates and others just entering the profession.

 

Carol Beaton (standing) welcomed new graduates and K-12 teachers with an overview of learning objectives for the day's activities.

 

Carol gave instructions for a carousel activity that allowed participants and their assisting teachers the opportunity to develop and share classroom strategies.

 

New graduates, Alicia Mogen and Naomi Koehler, study one of the idea sheets posted for review.

 

K-12 teacher, Trisha Miller (center) discussed possible first day challenges with new teachers, Emily Hartung (left) and Jacob Kienzle (right).

 

"Raising your hand" was demonstrated as one effective way to quietly bring students back together following a discussion activity.

 

Experienced educators like Aaron Knodel (left), West Fargo 2013 Teacher of the Year, were on hand to guide participants through the day's activities.

 

The K-12 teacher panel provided some lighter moments as they responded to participant questions.

L-R:  Laura Eberhardt, Chad Boger, Mary Sorvig, Steven Pavek, Jason Holland, Adam Pankow, Aaron Knodel, Waylan Starr and Trisha Miller

 

K-12 administrators provided answers to questions about hiring, evaluations and district requirements.

L-R:  Nancy Murphy (Fargo Public Schools), Mark Weston (Central Cass Public Schools), Mary Sorvig (Manvel, ND Public School), and Michelle Weber (West Fargo Public Schools) and Lori Lockhart (Moorhead Public Schools)

 

Participants ended the session by completing a first-day schedule taken from ideas learned throughout the event.

Adam Pankow (West Fargo) with new teacher participants, Jennifer Lundberg (center) and Mark Aamold (right).

 

Waylan Starr, Valley City (right) guides new teacher participants, Jenna Meyer (left) and Cody Christie (center) through small group brainstorming session.

 

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