Teacher Induction Program

Orientation – Professional Development – Instructional Mentorship


The vision of the District 518 Induction Program is to create a time and space where new teachers feel supported in developing the professional skills they need to make a positive impact on student achievement.


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 well being 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 teachers.


New Teacher Orientation is held each August.  During the three-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.

Instructional Mentorship 

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

Professional Development

New teachers work through coaching cycles with their Instructional Mentor to focus on best practice instructional strategies, classroom management, analysis of student work to drive instruction, and creating optimal learning environments that provide equitable learning opportunities for all student to achieve high standards. Periodic new teacher meetings will support this work and further expand our reflection and communication among new to district teachers.  

Contact Tessa Dierks with questions concerning New Teacher Induction.