2017 Orientation Agenda




AUGUST 14, 15 AND 18, 2017


TO:                  Newly Hired Teachers


FROM:            Louis Bronk

                        Assistant Superintendent for Personnel & Talent Development


Date:              July 1, 2017


RE:                  New Teacher Orientation


Welcome to Meriden!  We are providing in-service to newly hired teachers to help them become knowledgeable with several programs and services prior to starting school in August.  We expect you to attend the following workshops which will be held at various locations throughout the district. 


New Teacher Orientation is the first step of the Meriden New Teacher Induction Program and we look forward to spending some time with you over these three days.


Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions


Monday, August 14, 2017 – Platt High School, Media Center


7:45 – 8:30 a.m.      Breakfast (provided)


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.      Introductions and Welcome to Meriden

– Mark D. Benigni, Ed.D., Superintendent



9:30 – 10:45 a.m.   Meriden New Teacher Induction 

"A Comprehensive Approach to Supporting New Teachers…"

-          Louis Bronk, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel & Talent Development


10:45 – 12:00 p.m. Miguel Cardona Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning


12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch (provided)


1:00 – 3:00 p.m.      Technology in the Meriden Public Schools (Platt High School, Media Center)

                                                - Barbara Haeffner, Director of Curriculum & Instructional Technology




Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – Meriden Board of Ed Offices, 22 Liberty Street


8:00 – 12:00 a.m.   Breakfast (provided) and Introductions with the Meriden Federation of Teachers

Meriden Federation of Teachers (MFT) Training for all New Teachers - Kari Baransky, MFT


12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)


12:30 – 1:30 p.m.   The Power and Passion of Extraordinary Educators

-          Dr. Steve Sobel


1:30 – 3:00 p.m.      Special Education

                                                - Patricia Sullivan-Kowalski, Director of Pupil Personnel Programs

                                                - Amy Hall, Gustavo Viteri & Elizabeth Luparia, Special Ed. Supervisors





Friday, August 18, 2017– Meriden Board of Ed Offices, 22 Liberty Street


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.      Breakfast (provided)


8:30 – 12:30 p.m.  Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol In-Service

With the increased numbers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in Meriden, all teachers need strategies as they work directly with ELLs in their classrooms.

- Angela Fragoso, Bilingual Education Teacher

- Catherine Ragozzino – TESOL Teacher

- Eloise Rarey- TESOL Teacher


12:30 – 1:00 p.m.   Lunch (provided)



1:00 – 1:45 p.m.      Meriden's Assessment System for Instruction

                                                - Dr. Al Larson, Research and Evaluation Specialist



1:45 – 3:00 p.m.      District Departments Overview

                                                - Personnel Office – Deb Mierzejewski & Kelly Altmannsberger

                                                - Business Services Office –Donna Carnot & Kristin Culver

                                                - Family-School Liaison Department – David Salafia








cc:          Central Office; All Administrators