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How to Smooth the Transition and Speed the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers

Thursday, November 2, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

How To Smooth the Transition and Speed the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers

Presented by Penny Ciaburri, Vice President and General Manager, PLC Associates, a Scholarus Learning Company; Renée Golz, Director of Beginning Teacher Development, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC); Jared Kahmar, Principal, Greenwood Lake Union Free School District (NY); and Dr. Jessica Irwin, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Holmdel Public Schools (NJ)

Sponsored by PLC Associates, a Scholarus Learning Company

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Knowing what works with classroom instruction gives our beginning teachers, and the school leaders who mentor and coach them, a tremendous advantage in securing positive student outcomes. It is a foundational support for student learning and growth. And yet, we often hear the same concerns: “We have spent an incredible amount of time on professional development and coaching, year after year, and not much has changed.” It does not have to be that way.

View this edLeader Panel or listen to the podcast to learn from our experienced expert panel who explore the critical roles of early professional learning and instructional improvement in returning positive student growth. Included in the discussion is a targeted approach to professional learning, how to engage our teachers, ways to make sure the professional learning transfers, how we “talk about” our progress and opportunities, the role of leaders in paving the way, and the best strategies for creating the domino effect and cascading growth schoolwide.

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to K-12 school and district leaders and librarians and is part of the Leading by Design: 6 Initiatives You Can’t Afford to Get Wrong district leadership series where you learn from leaders who are pulling together the elements of successful schooling.

Penny Ciaburri

About the Presenters

After working in both schools and businesses, Penny Ciaburri observed the differences between successful organizations and those that struggled with a lack of results. Leveraging that knowledge and experience, she founded the K-12 consulting firm PLC Associates, Inc. in 1988. Since then, PLC Associates has worked with over 2,000 school districts across 25 states and achieved a client retention rate of over 99%. In 2022, PLC Associates joined the Scholarus Learning portfolio of companies, and Penny continues to serve as the CEO of PLC Associates.

Renee Golz

Renée Golz is an experienced instructional leader with a demonstrated history of exceeding excellence in education. She finds joy in building teams with strong cultures, project management, communication, public speaking, human resources, and coaching. She is passionate about teaching, learning, and equity. Renée has an M.Ed. in educational leadership and administration, as well as an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction, and she measures her success by the success of those she mentors.

Jared Kahmar

Jared Kahmar is the proud Principal of Greenwood Lake Middle School in New York. He has been an educator for over two decades and has served as a teacher, coach, and administrator at all levels, K-12. Jared has led a school turnaround effort at a Title I school and delivered professional learning for school leaders and districts. His expertise includes school improvement strategies, strategic planning, instructional practices, professional learning communities, and leadership development.

Developing and improving culture, collaboration, and feedback while serving those that we are fortunate enough to lead are the core beliefs of his leadership philosophy. Jared earned his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in history from East Stroudsburg University. He earned his school leadership and administration certification from Long Island University in Rockland. In addition to being a school leader, Jared is an education consultant, executive coach, proud husband, and father of four children.

Jessica Irwin

Dr. Jessica Irwin is an experienced teacher, building administrator, and central office administrator who began her career and found her passion with Teach For America. She quickly understood that a child’s success largely depends on masterful teaching. She enjoys helping others cultivate a culture for success that views masterful instruction as the primary tool for success.

Dr. Irwin earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership and administration at Seton Hall and her M.Ed. in educational leadership and administration at Baruch College, as well as her M.Ed. in bilingual and multicultural education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a lifelong advocate for educational equity, she participated in the New Leaders for New Schools principal preparation program and served as a member of Leadership for Educational Equity and Lead Newark.

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PLC Associates

PLC Associates Inc. is well known for its capacity to engage in explicit diagnostics and provide reports and recommendations with the level of detail and specificity that leadership requires to move districts and schools forward with sustained high performance. When it comes to achieving peak performance, PLC Associates, Inc. will help your school district go the extra mile. Our consulting firm provides innovative programs, high-impact professional learning, and data-driven consulting services to help educators and schools across the United States.


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