Bmore Induction Update

News for teachers in their 1st - 3rd year in City Schools

Things you should know about Induction...

How does the MD State Department of Education define "new teachers"?

A new teacher is defined as anyone who is completing his/her 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year in the district and has not yet been awarded tenure.

How can I learn about new teacher supports, mentoring, workshops and AU courses?

First, check your City Schools email regularly for updates from Tina Jablonowski and carefully read through the monthly Bmore Induction Update. You can also follow her on twitter @jablono2 and connect with the NTI community using #BmoreNTI2014 or by following @BmoreNTI2014. Your site-based mentor is also a great support.

How does mentoring fit into the City Schools Induction program, and what is expected of new teachers and mentors?

All 1st - 3rd year teachers are members of the City Schools Induction program, which includes mentoring, until they achieve tenure.

Every school has a principal designated, site-based mentor to help support the development of new teachers. It is a state requirement that all new teachers are provided a mentor and work with a mentor until s/he is officially tenured (at the end of their third year with satisfactory evaluations). This support may include: setting professional development goals, planning during team meetings, analyzing student data, conducting learning walks, informal observations, and ongoing new teacher professional development.

Note: Veteran teachers new to a school district must participate in site-based mentoring for at least one year or until they are awarded tenure.

If you are not currently working with a mentor or do not know who your mentor is, please email Shanna Warburton-Barnes, District Mentor.


Troubleshooting Your SLO. 1st Year Teachers Only

Thursday, Feb. 5th, 4:30-6:30pm


The Troubleshooting Your SLO workshop is designed for and open to all 1st year teachers or anyone in their 1st year of teaching in City Schools. The workshop will be held on Thursday, 2/5 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM (location TBD).

Please click here to register. Registration closes on Friday, January 30th at noon. You will receive a confirmation email with workshop logistics and details by COB 1/30.

If you have any questions about new teacher support or NTPDS, contact Tina Jablonowski.

Guided Reading in an Effective Literacy Program - PreK - 5 (Comprehensive Lit)

Are you a prek through grade 5 teacher in need of a comprehensive literacy course? Registration is now open in PGS for the Guided Reading in an Effective Literacy Program. The course will run February 5 through April 30, 2015, time is 4:30-7:00 pm and the location is TBD. Contact Sarah Pasko with questions.

Navigating Your Performance Improvement Plan

Monday, Feb. 2nd, 4:30-6:30pm

200 W North Ave

Baltimore, MD

Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs) serve as structured action plans to support performance improvement. The Office of Teacher Support and Development is offering an informational session for any 1st - 3rd year teacher on a PIP. The last session will be offered on 2/2 – from 4:30 – 6:30 PM at Central Office, 200 E. North Ave, room 120.

Teachers can register for the session through the Professional Growth System (registration closes on 1/30). Contact Tina Jablonowski with questions.

EdSurge Tech Summit

Saturday, Feb. 28th, 8am

200 International Drive

Baltimore, MD

Register here for free for Saturday, February 28 at the Four Seasons. Last year's summit had a waiting list of over 150, so grab your ticket soon!

More than 30 of the most innovative edtech companies, selected by a local panel of leading educators, will be available for you to explore. And yes, this is truly free, including breakfast and lunch!


City Schools Teacher of the Year

Nominate an outstanding teacher for recognition as the 2015 City Schools Teacher of the Year!

Baltimore City Public Schools is committed to ensuring excellent teaching and learning for every student, in every classroom, in every school. As part of this commitment, it is time to celebrate and recognize those exceptional educators working in our schools by nominating them for the 2015 City Schools Teacher of the Year by January 29th.

Teacher nominees must be able to meet the following requirements:

- Has completed a minimum of 5 years teaching experience by June 2015
- Is currently a full-time classroom, resource, or media teacher
- Plans to remain in the classroom for the 2015-2016 SY

Click here to complete the nomination form. Email Natika Stewart if you have any questions about the Teacher of the Year process, for students (gr 7-10)

City Schools students in grades 7 to 10 can see the movie Selma for free at four participating theaters for a limited time. Please help to make sure eligible students and their families know about this great opportunity.

Visit City Schools Inside to share with students details pertaining to gaining entry to participating theaters. Teachers can download the related resources online to help put the historical events portrayed in the movie into context in the classroom.

Reach out to Amy Rosenkrans with questions.

The Goal of City Schools Induction

City Schools Induction is a three-year, comprehensive program that provides teachers, non-tenured and new to the district, with support structures and professional development opportunities to network and grow as a community of continuous learners dedicated to uncovering effective teaching pedagogy and practices and raising the bar of achievement for all students.