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Burnet Center Room 7
San Antonio, Texas 78210
210-554-2275 (phone)

NEW TEACHER INITIATIVES

MISSION AND OVERVIEW
The SAISD New Teacher Support System program's mission is to equip teachers new to the profession with the knowledge, resources, and skills critical to facilitating their professional growth during the first two years of their careers.

Program components include: New Teacher Academy, one-to-one support from campus and/or district mentors, and professional learning programs to prepare and support mentor teachers in their work with beginning educators. New teachers are also supported through a range of programs including campus-based instructional coaches and curriculum and/or program-specific specialists from the district level.

NEW TEACHER ACADEMY KICK-OFF
Each year, SAISD hosts an orientation for all new teachers joining SAISD (including teachers with experience and those who are new to the profession). New Teacher Academy Kick-Off will take place July 29-30, 2021. Check the New Teacher Academy Kick-Off webpage for more details. 

NEW TEACHER ACADEMY YEAR-LONG
Teachers continue their induction into SAISD through the New Teacher Academy Year-Long program. Teachers build upon their learning from New Teacher Academy Kick-Off with information relevant to the time of year.

MENTOR PROGRAM
SAISD's mentor program provides support to teachers in their first two years of their career. Mentors meet weekly with their mentee to guide them in all aspects of induction as professional educators. Mentors complete annual training and attend an annual coaching workshop with their mentee and other mentor pairs around the district. Each campus also has a designated Campus Mentor Coordinator who assigns mentor-mentee pairing and holds meetings at the campus level. New teachers with more than two years experience are provided with a Campus Buddy who serves as a resource to the teacher primarily around campus and district procedures. 

T-TESS New Teacher Orientation
The new teacher office provides the initial, six-hour orientation to the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System training. All teachers who have never been appraised using the T-TESS must complete this training upon joining the district. Training is offered monthly from July- February. Please contact ttessorientation@saisd.net for inquiries. 

FAQs

  • If you are new to SAISD and in your first or second year of teaching, you will receive support as part of the program. If you do not know who your mentor is, please contact our office at 210-554-8521 or newteachersupport@saisd.net.
  • You can access all of the details at the New Teacher Academy Kick-Off website which becomes active each year in the late spring (May-June).
  • Every campus has a Campus Mentor Coordinator who matches new teachers and mentors. You may also contact our office at 210-554-8521 or newteachersupport@saisd.net.
  • SAISD requires that a mentor have at least three years of teaching experience and meet the objective hiring criteria for the district (9 of 16 dimensions of T-TESS are Proficient with no Improvement Needed). Ideally, mentors teach the same grade level/content area as their mentee, but this is not always possible. All mentor assignments must be approved by the campus principal.
  • In general, mentors should support mentees with all aspects of becoming a professional educator. Specific mentoring activities are outlined in campus- and district-level mentor meetings. For questions, email newteachersupport@saisd.net.
  • Mentors must complete annual training provided by the district. Training includes online modules and a face-to-face (or synchronous virtual)  workshop accompanied by their mentee. Mentors meet weekly or bi-weekly (depending on the mentee's years of service) and submit weekly meeting logs. Mentors should contact their Campus Mentor Coordinator for more details or email newteachersupport@saisd.net.

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