Orientation Communication to New Staff


Dear Principal,

You are receiving this message because there are new teachers at your site and I wanted to be sure that you are included in communication that was sent to them. Please note I sent two emails about Orientation- both are below. Please note that some of the personal emails were incorrect, which is why I am also sending this to you so that you can help them understand.

In addition: Here are a few things for you.

We hope to see you on Tuesday at 7am at Hinkley HS to help welcome new staff. The more, the merrier, please feel free to invite others as well.

Orientation and Induction requirements

New Educator Orientation and Induction Information- includes what you can do at your site

For Orientation

Two Day Agenda (general) - Differentiated by group but this is the general overview

For Induction - All staff that is on an initial license will need to complete induction.

At A Glance Document

ESS At A Glance Document

*Mentors are not assigned at a district level. The New Teacher Cohort is part of the support that is provided. In addition, we will be asking our teaching partners to support new staff. We will provide training and guides to help them.

If you would like to assign an additional mentor, the Professional Learning Department is willing to provide Salary Advancement hours as an incentive and this person can attend the mentor training that is being offered.

Additional information will be provided to inductees during orientation. Teaching Partners will also get an overview of this information during their August Coaching Academy. We highly encourage you to meet with both new teachers and teaching partners to align the year long induction plan. We have built in three checkpoints throughout the year to ensure that staff is on track.

Let me know if you have any questions.



Welcome to Aurora Public Schools!

We are so excited that you are here. Aurora Public Schools is committed to excellence in education through quality instruction for students and quality support for teachers. To that end, we have designed an Orientation and Induction Program for our educators. Below you will find additional information to start the year off right. Don’t worry! We will be with you as you begin your journey in APS.

If you are a new employee to Aurora Public Schools you will need to attend New Educator Orientation. This is held from July 30-August 1 and will include several different components. Orientation is designed to support you in your new position.

New Educator Orientation

Please plan to report to your building/school site on July 30, 2018.

On July 31st and August 1st all new staff will attend the District New Educator Orientation. This event will be held at Hinkley High School 1250 Chambers Rd, Aurora, CO 80011 from 8a-4p each day. On July 31st lunch will be provided by the Aurora Education Association.

During this time new educators will:

  • begin to establish positive relationships and learn about the APS staff who provide support and resources.
  • deepen understanding of effective strategies for creating a positive classroom environment and establishing positive relationships with students.
  • identify and engage in essential instructional practices for their curriculum areas
  • understand roles and responsibilities as a new employee and specific to your job description

Receive information about:

  • Access to resources, including curriculum and instruction.
  • Policies and procedures relevant to their professional responsibilities.
  • Requirements for induction (if necessary)

If you are a new staff member and hold an initial license, you will complete the induction program during the 2018-2019 school year. At the completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate that is submitted to the Colorado Department of Education in order to submit for a professional license. If you hold a professional license, you will not need to attend induction.

Induction 2018-2019

Throughout the course of the year the goals of the Induction Program will:

  • provide an understanding of the working culture of Aurora Public Schools
  • enhance the instructional skills of the individual professional
  • provide a collaborative support network for the individual professional
  • assist the individual professional in progress toward attainment of the Colorado Professional Educator Standards
  • increase the retention rates of high quality professionals in education

There are five core components of the Induction Program

5 Core Components of the APS Educator Induction Program

  • Orientation 21 hours (policies, procedures, on-boarding, introduction to quality standards, roles and responsibilities, educational resources, etc.)
  • Coaching 6 hours Job embedded coaching cycles with a variety of support team members including CLDE Teacher leader, teaching partner, ESS support team members, etc.
  • Professional Learning 6 hours (CLDE, classroom management, data driven practice, equity, best first instruction, differentiated choice, etc.)
  • Site Based Support 10 hours (collaboration, observing classrooms, planning time with mentor/team, embedded professional learning, etc.)
  • New Teacher Cohort 20 hours (curriculum, content, instruction, educator effectiveness, best first instruction, management and behavior support, support with like roles, etc.)

The Department of Professional Learning will monitor your induction progress and, based upon successful completion of the program, will provide you with the necessary paperwork to move you from your Initial License to a Professional License.

We are looking forward to providing professional development opportunities for you this year. Please feel free to contact us at any time with your questions or concerns. Best wishes for a successful year!

If you have feel you have received this message in error, please hit reply and let us know. Thank you.

Jennifer Sheldon

Director of Professional Learning

New Educator Orientation Communication 2018
New Teacher Orientation Schedule 2018
Induction for ESS at a glance 2018-2019
Final *Induction for Teachers at a glance 2018-2019