Resources for New Teachers
PSD Educator Orientation
All educators beginning employment with Poudre School District are required to attend Educator Orientation in August. This additional paid work day is provided to teachers and specialized service professionals new to the district, regardless of contract percentage or previous experience outside of PSD.
Educator Orientation Day is an opportunity for new educators to begin building relationships and learn about PSD's Standards-Based Teaching and Learning Framework, values and expectations. Details: Educator Orientation website >>
Licensed Employee Leave Time
Full time licensed employees receive leave time each year for illness and personal reasons.
By law, teachers must hold a current Colorado Teaching or Special Services license on or before the first day of teaching in a classroom or working with students as a special service provider. More information about requirements, application status check, and types of Colorado teaching and special services licenses is available on the PSD Licensure web page >>
The PSD Mentoring Program inspires growth in new teachers and specialized service professionals, preparing them to be confident and highly effective educators.
New teachers and specialized service professionals follow one of the program’s Pathways of Excellence. The Novice and Experienced Pathway provide intentional support and learning opportunities that promote professional growth and cultivate an understanding of the Standards-Based Teaching and Learning Framework. Learn more about the Mentoring Program >>
K-3 Teacher Evidence-Based Reading Training Requirement
The READ Act requires that all Colorado teachers who provide literacy instruction to students in grades K-3 (including reading specialists, integrated service teachers, and ELD teachers) must earn a “Read Act Designation” by meeting specific requirements. Learn more on the PSD’s Licensure/READ Act web page >>
Onboarding Videos for Licensed Staff
Learn more about PSD in the following videos on PSD HR YouTube:
Teaching and Learning Framework
The Standards-Based Teaching and Learning Framework is a common set of expectations identifying the roles of students, educators, administrators, and parents/guardian. Contributions from each of these groups is integral to the framework that is designed to serve all students to help them be successful.
The Teaching and Learning Framework is divided into five dimensions:
- Assessment for Student Learning
- Classroom Environment and Culture
- Curriculum and Pedagogy
- Student Engagement
- Staff resources for the Teaching and Learning Framework (Staff website - login required) >>
To prepare students to meet the needs of the ever-changing world, rigorous coursework is available in content areas. Coursework not only addresses the standards specific to each subject area, but also looks to find connections between the subject matter. It is delivered through required courses that are diversified to meet individual students' needs, but also through elective classes that can address the interests of all participants.
For an overview of subject areas, visit the PSD Curriculum web section >>
PEA Employee Group
The Poudre Education Association (PEA) represents teachers and other licensed staff during negotiations, as well as the employee agreement. PEA offers 24/7 advocacy and is an organization where your voice will be heard. PEA officers are elected by dues-paying members and serve two-year terms.
PEA services and resources:
- Representation and advocacy for all licensed staff
- Negotiations for salary and benefits
- Collaboration with district administration to create the best learning conditions possible
- Leadership and professional growth opportunities
- Access to free and discounted legal services
- CORE - Colorado’s Rising Educators, your early career colleagues
- TALL Classes – Teachers as Learning Leaders, professional development by and for PSD teachers
- Professional development tuition rebates
- Dues discount for couples
- $25 Annual Transfort passes
PEA president: John Robinson | firstname.lastname@example.org | 970.223.7321
Office: 2625 Redwing Road, Suite 220, Fort Collins, CO 80526
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