Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) held its Beginning Teacher Institute on August 7th and 8that Rock Ridge High School.
The two days are dedicated to enhancing the skills of new teachers, targeting classroom management, equity cultural responsiveness and instructional best practices. Each afternoon, participants attended sessions aligned to their level/department (elementary, secondary, special education or English learner).
Among the highlights of the Institute were:
Steve Sengstack from Apple Federal Credit Union presented Elizabeth Daly, a kindergarten teacher from Belmont Station Elementary, a donation of $500 to set up her classroom.
Katie Anderson from Conscious Teaching provided professional learning to first-year teachers. Among the subjects she covered were how to establish classroom routines and procedures; building relationships with students; and strategies to foster an inclusive classroom environment. All new teachers received a copy of the book “Conscious Classroom Management” to support the learning
New teachers participated in an equity presentation to build awareness of unconscious racial basis and understand the relationship between privilege and opportunity.