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Every new school year is full of challenges for students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
I’m excited to report that this will be a very different school year for me. For the first time in 25 years, I’m not returning to my 1st-grade classroom. Instead, I’ve been selected as an induction coach for the Rhode Island Department of Education. In my new position, I’ll coach and support 15 first-year teachers, in four communities and eight different schools.
At first I wondered, “How could I possibly not return to my first grade classroom?” Yet, how could I pass up this chance to help beginning teachers and ultimately their students?
Ultimately, it came down to this: I could stay in my class and impact the academic success of 25 incoming students. Or, I could take this new position, with the possibility of impacting the academic success of more than 300 children. After a summer of careful consideration I decided to choose the job that would allow me to help the greatest number of children—and so I accepted the position of induction coach.
The good news for readers of my School Family blog is that this opportunity will broaden my elementary experiences beyond my own classroom. Can’t wait to share all my new tips and adventures with you, so please keep reading!