This past Wednesday, a new group of Cobb educators walked onto the campus of McEachern High School to learn the foundational elements for teaching and learning in the Cobb County School District.
Some are recent graduates eager to inspire a classroom of young minds. Others are veteran teachers who decided to join the Cobb Schools team after learning of the district’s reputation as the best place to teach, lead, and learn.
Some may have read where Forbes magazine named the Cobb County School District as one of Georgia’s Best Employers. Others may have learned how Cobb prioritizes teachers and invests in the Cobb team with such steps as the historic 8 to 12.6% raise for staff.
In total, more than 1,000 educators turned out for Cobb’s New Teacher Academy. The group includes all new teachers, counselors, media specialists, psychologists, and special educators.
Leaders in Cobb, like Superintendent Chris Ragsdale and Deputy Superintendent John Adams, kicked off the first day with advice for the new Cobb team members.
During the training event, which will span four days, academic area supervisors will break down the teaching guidelines for their areas, like band/orchestra; Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE); choral; theatre; and dance. The new teachers will learn how Microsoft 365 is available to all students and staff in the district and provides the tools to easily collaborate with students.
Science teachers will learn how to promote a hands-on, literacy-rich approach to grade-level specific science designed to build an understanding and appreciation of our natural and man-made world. One session will cover newly-adopted content resources and explore Cobb science and STEM resources.
The new teachers, who didn’t know about the free summer Cobb InTech conference, will have the opportunity to learn about incorporating technology to enhance instruction and drive engagement and assessment.
To encourage parental engagement and to help the new teachers build relationships, the Teacher Academy will cover how best to communicate with parents and how parent volunteers can help inside and outside the classroom.
For teachers with less than 3 years of experience, the Academy includes special programs about how to become an engaged teacher.
After the New Teacher Academy, the educators will understand that, in Cobb, teachers use data to make informed decisions thanks to the Cobb Teaching and Learning System.
The new teachers will know that Cobb is One Team. One Goal. Student Success.