Approximately 50 teachers registered to participate in LRSD's New Teacher Reception on August 29th, 2018.
Assistant Superintendent Lisa Aitken has been overseeing the event for several years as head of People Services within the Division. "This event is really important because it not only helps new teachers learn about the Division but it also gives LRSD a chance to learn about them," she says.
Aitken also notes that the event is a great opportunity for new teachers to network with each other and establish peer supports as they get down to the rewarding but intense work of teaching students.
"This event helps to support their growth. They will also have two full days in October and November to meet as a group again and learn about who they can connect with at the Division-level for supports."
Follow up sessions will be divided into technology, students support services, instruction and assessment, library services and Indigenous education.
Stephanie Matteo is new to the Division and new to Winnipeg. The incoming teacher moved to Winnipeg last year and will be a French Immersion teacher in grade one at École Julie-Riel. "It's really great to get together as a community and meet the [senior] administrators for the LRSD Board," she says.
Each member of the senior leadership team spoke about their portfolio areas.
Acting Superintendent Christian Michalik provided an overall vision for student-centered learning, which includes academic achievement, engagement and active citizenship. Michalik also focused on the importance of student well-being and their ability to identify with teachers and their fellow students.
"Who are two people that [students] know that are there for them?" he asked. "Who are their life coaches that can help them along the way and be their cheerleaders?"
Michalik emphasized that having those supports will help students be successful learners.
Matteo found the introductions helpful. "It's nice to be informed about the philosophy of the Board and where they see us heading," she says. Matteo added that it is reassuring to see that the student's needs come first. "As a professional educator I also share the philosophy of the Board that the students are part of a community of learners," she says, adding that "we direct our teaching with the student in mind."-Michelle Lancaster, Communications Coordinator