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Practical Advice For New Teachers

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    • 1. Missouri Options 101 Practical Advice for New Teachers
    • 2. Itinerary:
      • Why We Do What We Do…
      • One Size Does Not Fit All…
      • Getting Started…
      • So Now What?...
      • Program Styles…
      • Procedures…
      • Timelines…
      • Test Site Ins & Outs…
      • “ The Other 15 Hours”…
      • Teacher Resources…
      • Celebrate Success…
    • 3. Why We Do What We Do…
      • "Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends."
      • – Benjamin Disraeli
      • According to the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research:
        • Annual Median Earnings in 2002:
          • Over 25 without a High School Diploma or GED: $15,334
          • Over 25 with a High School Diploma or GED: $29,294
        • In 2002:
          • 75% of all Missouri students graduated
          • 58% of all African-American students graduated
          • 63% of all Latino students graduated
          • 78% of all White students graduated
    • 4. Missouri Options – One of Many Alternatives…
      • In education, one size does not fit all!
      • Find the fit…
        • MOP is not the answer for every at-risk student, but it IS a great safety net for some students…
    • 5. Getting Started…
      • Educate your district on the program.
      • Pre-test candidates thoroughly.
      • Go beyond the paper…
    • 6. So Now What…
      • Be prepared to wear many hats…
        • Teacher
        • Coach
        • Counselor
        • Advocate
        • Customer Service
      • Learn your district’s policies and expectations.
        • Graduation Policies
        • Admittance and Exit Policies
        • Home School Event Policies
    • 7. Program Styles
      • Paper/Pencil – Winfield School District
        • Make sure you stock your room with current GED prep books and materials
          • Steck-Vaughn
          • McGraw-Hill
      • Computer-based – Parkway School District (last year)
        • GED Online (through Rockwood)
      • Hybrid– Parkway School District (this year)
    • 8. Procedures…
      • How will you run your day?
        • Tracking attendance hours
        • Developing a master schedule
        • Tracking work/volunteer/”other” hours
        • Building in enrichment activities
      • What will your thresholds be?
        • Missed Class Hours
        • Missed Work Hours
        • Overall Eligibility in Program
    • 9. Timelines…
      • Student Entry
        • Typically at the start of a semester (Fall, Spring, Summer)
        • Certain circumstances cause this to vary (Ex.: 5 th year Seniors)
      • GED Testing
        • Benchmarks:
          • 1 st test – late October to early November
          • 2 nd test – March (allow enough time for students to participate in graduation activities)
          • 3 rd test – July (Summer Missouri Options)
    • 10. Test Site Ins & Outs
      • Where will your kids take the test?
        • Research nearby testing sites and learn their practices.
          • Ex.: Harris-Stowe vs. SLU
        • Become friendly with the coordinator!!
      • What type of tests are offered?
        • One day vs. two day tests.
          • Plusses and minuses for both…
      • How do students get accommodations?
        • If a student has an IEP, he/she may qualify for accommodations.
        • It is a LENGTHY paperwork process, and they should be filed very early.
        • Make sure your test site is clear about your student’s accommodations!
    • 11. “The Other 15 Hours”…
      • It can look very different…
        • Part-time jobs
        • Volunteer hours
        • Elective classes
        • Service learning
        • Internships
      • Be Practical…
        • You want to be able to manage this…Be wary of taking on too much too soon!
      • Consult your administration…
        • What are they comfortable with?
      • Think through your resources…
        • What businesses and/or non-profits operate in your area?
        • Could you partner with them?
    • 12. Teacher Resources…
      • Your Administration
        • They are your 1 st line of support!
      • State of MO Contacts
        • Shawn Brice & Bill Poteet - Keep their email addresses handy! 
      • Test Site Coordinators
        • As mentioned, you want to be on their good side. It will help when deadlines are tight, or something unforeseen happens!
    • 13. Celebrate Success…
      • Celebrate achievements, and honor & acknowledge your kids…
        • Know your kids’ birthdays and DO SOMETHING !
        • When students get a job or pass a test, PARTY!
        • Acknowledge diversity: GET TO KNOW YOUR KIDS AND CELEBRATE WHO THEY ARE!!
      • Find ways to add to the experience…
        • Field Trips
        • Career or Educational Research
        • Mock Interviews
        • Job Shadowing
    • 14. Questions??
      • What questions do you have?...

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