CLARK — To the visitor of the Arthur L. Johnson Media Center this past week, there was a constant flurry of activities, questions, and presentations as newly hired staff members were acclimated to their new positions with the Clark School District.
Director of Curriculum Ed Grande organized, planned, and facilitated a rigorous three-day workshop that began with an address by Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops on “Expectations of New Teachers” and concluded with a Bus Tour of Clark Township facilated by Valley Road School Principal Joe Beltramba with the expertise of township historian and councilman Brian Toal.
In between were interactive workshops focusing on Right To Know, Designing Class Web Pages, Server Access and eChalk, Parent Communication, Overview of Special Education, Implementation of Anti-Bullying Legislation, Crisis Procedures, and a host of other timely and informative topics of interest.
By the close of the three-day workshops, the new teachers exited the way they entered; full of energy, enthusiasm, and eagerly anticipating the start of the school year next week. The novice teachers were energized by the information disseminated at the orientation, and more eager than ever to begin work.
Knops said that he was very pleased with the quality and quantity of the workshop. “Director of Curriculum Ed Grande did an outstanding job in putting together a very informative and interactive program to help orientate our new teachers into the school community. Ed has a wonderful about him, he made the teachers feel comfortable, all the while making sure that any timely topic that would assist teachers in their professional development was included in the three-day workshop agenda. I thank Ed for his outstanding efforts, and know all the workshop attendees were grateful to him for the comprehensive orientation in which they participated.”