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Educational Excellence

 

 

Beginning Teacher Support

The Brookline Public Schools offer a comprehensive induction program to its incoming faculty. Within two weeks of being hired, all staff who teach more than half time are assigned a mentor. Sometimes, the mentor and incoming teacher meet and work together during the summer. There is an Orientation Program in late August, at which time, incoming teachers and mentors meet and work together for two days to prepare for the beginning of school. Then mentors meet with incoming teachers weekly or more often during the school year to offer support and answer questions. At monthly meetings, incoming teachers discuss timely topics of interest. For example, early in the year, Open House is discussed, then evaluation, parent conferences, class management and other subjects that will enhance the practice of incoming teachers. During the year, time is set aside to have incoming teachers observe their mentors and to be observed by their mentor. There is no evaluation involved in this process, it is an opportunity to begin a professional dialogue about how to improve student performance. The entire school community recognizes the needs of incoming teachers and works to welcome, encourage and support our newest colleagues.

 

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Brookline has a distinguished history of educational excellence and an enduring commitment to its public schools. It has earned the reputation for educational excellence from a superb staff, and an innovative, challenging curriculum. The curriculum is additionally bolstered by our success in bringing the creative power of technology into our teaching and learning, and the extraordinary supportive relationship we enjoy with parents and citizens.  Acknowledged as one of the leading districts in the nation, it offers an environment that encourages each child to grow and excel.

 

 

 

The Brookline Schools employ more than 800 full and part-time teachers, counselors, and administrators and approximately 250 support staff. The Human Resources offices directs the recruitment, hiring, evaluation of all staff, and the placement of substitute teachers. The Director of Human Resources is assisted by an administrative assistant, one full time and one part time secretary, and a coordinator of substitute teachers.