New Teacher Community

Spark Your Success!

This three-year program is a region-wide, professional learning community designed to build the skills of new teachers in an engaging, supportive environment. We explore many topics, teach useful tips and techniques and help you navigate your critical first years in teaching. The connections, camaraderie and collective wisdom will get you through the inevitable hurdles, but with greater confidence, more success and less stress.

“I have felt more confident as a first year teacher due to this program… I’ve been able to focus on my teaching craft and allow myself to try new ideas (and make mistakes).” - Program Participant

Training, Support & Camaraderie

Content is strictly focused on the practical knowledge new educators need to succeed, with help from master teachers and guest speakers. This program goes way beyond mandated PD. New Teacher Community aims to assist and equip new teachers, develop great educators and launch them (and you) into life-long careers.

Year 1

Classroom Management, Safety in the Classroom, and Curriculum Design

Year 2

Curriculum Design and Assessment

Year 3

Mentoring and Reflective Teaching - Learn to identify and act on areas of your teaching that need improvement

PD Made Easy

New Teacher Community helps you start the year off right and finish strong by meeting monthly from September through May. New this year, due to COVID-19 and also to minimize time out of the classroom and the need for subs, all sessions will be virtual through a mixture of Zoom, Moodle and/or Google Classroom. Plus, this program meets the state-mandated training requirement of 15 days of non-district PD (DPPD) in the first 3 years of teaching.

Information for 2020/21 Cohorts

We are in the process of finalizing information for our 2020/21 cohort. The tentative schedule is posted below, but is subject to change.

Year 1 Cohort Schedule

Month Day Date Time
October Wednesday 10/7/20 4:30pm - 7:00pm
October Wednesday 10/21/20 4:30pm - 7:00pm
November Wednesday 11/4/20 4:30pm - 7:00pm
November Wednesday 11/18/20 4:30pm - 7:00pm
December Wednesday 12/9/20 4:30pm - 7:00pm
January Wednesday 1/13/21 4:30pm - 6:30pm (2 hours)
January Wednesday 1/20/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm 
February Wednesday 2/3/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm
February Wednesday 2/17/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm
March Wednesday 3/3/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm
March Wednesday 3/31/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm
April Wednesday 4/21/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm
May Wednesday 5/5/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm


Year 2 & 3 Cohorts Schedule

Month Day Date Time
September Wednesday 9/30/20 4:30pm - 6:30pm (2 hours)
October Wednesday 10/14/20 4:30pm - 7:00pm
October Wednesday 10/28/20 4:30pm - 7:00pm
November Wednesday 11/11/20 4:30pm - 7:00pm
December Wednesday 12/2/20 4:30pm - 7:00pm
December Wednesday 12/16/20 4:30pm - 7:00pm
January Wednesday 1/27/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm 
February Wednesday 2/10/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm
February Wednesday 2/24/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm
March Wednesday 3/10/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm
April Wednesday 4/14/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm
April Wednesday 4/28/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm
May Wednesday 5/12/21 4:30pm - 7:00pm


SCECHs Credit

Members of the New Teacher Community are eligible for State Continuing Education Clock Hours. These credits can be used towards the renewal of your teaching certificate.

Registration Information

The New Teacher Community is designed for new teachers in their first 5 years of teaching. However, we welcome all teachers who are interested in developing their classroom management, instructional, and reflective practices. If you interested in becoming a new member of the community, simply click the first link below to register. All returning members should click their cohort's link below.

NTC Year 1 Registration (for new NTC members)

NTC Year 2 Registration (for 2nd year members)

NTC Year 3 Registration (for 3rd year members)


If you have any questions about the New Teacher Community, please contact GerryVerwey.

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NTC was formerly known as "The Learning Academy"

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Gerry Verwey

Career Readiness Consultant
Phone: 364-1333
Extension: 2339