Posted on August 10, 2022
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The School District of Philadelphia welcomes more than 700 new teachers and counselors this week at the District’s annual New Hire Orientation. The orientation, which kicked off Monday, provides new teachers and counselors with professional development and networking opportunities while covering a variety of topics, including creating inclusive and equitable routines, supporting students in times of trauma and racial equity & the history of Philadelphia.

Due to uncertainties of the pandemic during initial planning, this year’s week-long training is taking place virtually.

“The District is thrilled to welcome more than 700 new instructional staff and help prepare them for their first day supporting students,” said Superintendent Tony B. Watlington Sr., Ed.D. “This week-long program is their first formal introduction with the District, one that we hope will build a strong foundation on their educational journey. I am excited to support this new group as they provide quality educational experiences to our students.”

For the first time ever, school-based leaders will serve as facilitators for this year’s orientation. This was a result of feedback from schools and the desire for educators to expand their skill set and impact new teachers entering the field. Professional development opportunities will continue to be offered to new teachers and counselors throughout the school year.

Samirah Thompson will be a science teacher at George Washington High School. A former teacher resident in the District, she said she had already learned quite a bit, including keeping teaching certifications valid in Pennsylvania and the importance of equity in the classroom

“I have learned quite a lot [already]. I am eager to join the School District of Philadelphia because it is an amazing school district that is always growing and improving,” said Thompson. “This school year, I am looking forward to getting to know my students and colleagues. I am also extremely excited to show my students how much I love science.”

There will also be two events for new teachers in August to receive branded onboarding gifts to get them started in the classroom. Staff and teachers will return to school buildings on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. Students return to school for the 2022-2023 School Year on Monday, August 29.

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