2013 Orientation Agenda




AUGUST 21, 22, AND 23, 2013


TO:                  Newly Hired Teachers


FROM:            Thomas W. Giard III

                        Assistant Superintendent for Personnel & Staff Development


Date:              July 22, 2013


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 22 Liberty Street in the Board Room on the third floor. 


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. 



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.            Welcome and Introductions

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


9:00 – 10:00 a.m.         Welcome to Meriden

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

– Thomas W. Giard III, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel & Staff Development


10:00 – 12:00 p.m.      Special Education

                                                                - Donna A. Mik, Director of Pupil Personnel Programs


12:00 – 12:30 p.m.      Lunch (provided)


12:30 – 2:00 p.m.         Meriden's Assessment System for Instruction

                                                                - Dr. Al Larson, Research and Evaluation Specialist


2:00 – 3:00 p.m.            Technology in the Meriden Public Schools

                                                                - Barbara Haeffner, Supervisor of Instructional Technology


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.            Curriculum/Common Core State Standards

                                                                - Neil Weathers; Joanne Conte; & Susan Perrone, Curriculum Supervisors

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Meriden Federation of Teachers (MFT) Training for all new teachers

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.            Breakfast and introductions (provided by the MFT)


9:00 – 12:30 p.m.         MFT Workshop for New Teachers


12:30 – 1:00 p.m.         Lunch (provided)


1:00 – 2:30 p.m.            District Departments Overview

                                                                - Personnel & Staff Development Office – Kristin Culver

                                                                - Business Services Office – Corinne Eisenstein and Donna Carnot

                                                                - Family-School Liaison Department – David Salafia




Friday, August 23, 2013

8:00 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.

- Presenters: Fernando Tiago, Supervisor of Bilingual Programs


12:30 p.m.                        Lunch (provided)



cc:          Central Office; All Administrators