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TIP (Teacher Induction Program)

Orientation - Professional Development - Mentorship


The mission of the District 518 Induction Program is to facilitate the growth of probationary teachers through partnerships which encourage reflective practice, build instructional repertoire, and maximize student performance.


  • To orientate new teachers on district/school system (policy, procedure, and educational philosophy).
  • To foster positive relationships and promote the wellbeing of new teachers.
  • To encourage collaboration among teachers in order to meet the diverse needs of learners.
  • To maximize student achievement through quality teaching practices.
  • To increase the retention of quality teachers.
  • To develop leadership skills in our experienced teachers


New Teacher Orientation is held each August.  During the four-day orientation, participants engage in activities that familiarize them with the district, prepare them for the first week of the school, and connect them to systems of support and collegiality.


Each new teacher is matched with a trained mentor.  That mentor supports, guides, and coaches the new teacher throughout the year.  

Professional Development

New teachers meet each month either face-to-face or online to share, learn, and discuss relevant topics and best practices.

Department of Teaching and Learning
117 11th Ave. • Worthington, MN 56187

Welcome to District 518, Home of the Trojans!

The new school year is fast approaching and we are excited to welcome you to our staff!

On this website, you will find:
· Your schedule for orientation week.
· A map for the city of Worthington.
· A Google map with the district buildings marked.
· Information for TIP (Teacher Induction Program)
· District Calendar
· TIP schedule

Photo and Video: Be ready for the camera! We will be taking individual photo & video introductions on the first day. These videos will be used to create an introductory personal video to be shown on the opening day of the all-staff workshop. Be thinking of something unique that you would like to share about yourself. If you want to wear something or use a small prop to illustrate your personality, feel free to do so (i.e. If you are a huge Twins fan you might consider bringing a Twins shirt to wear, a coffee lover might hold onto a coffee cup, etc.)

Community Introductions: Each week the local newspaper, The Worthington Daily Globe, will be featuring a new teacher. On the website, a teacher profile form can be found. Please fill this out and email it to  These will be used in the newspaper highlights.

See you on Monday, August 10th! Until then, if you have any questions about District 518 or the Induction Program, feel free to contact Katie Clarke, Director of the Department of Teaching and Learning, at (507)372-1220 or Tessa Dierks, Induction Facilitator, at

Welcome to ISD 518!

Katie Clarke, Ed.D Tessa Dierks
Director of Teaching and Learning Teacher Induction Facilitator

Google Map of District Buildings

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