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New Hire Information and Induction Program

On behalf of the Office of Organizational Development and the Human Resources Office, welcome to Harford County Public Schools! We are so pleased that you have chosen to be a part of our community of educators and learners. As a newly hired instructional staff member in our district, you have access to a comprehensive induction program that is specifically designed to encourage reflective practice, build instructional repertoire, and maximize student achievement. The induction activities are designed and differentiated to benefit all instructional staff members beginning their careers with Harford County Public Schools, no matter how many years of experience they bring with them. Being a life-long learner is a characteristic of the effective teacher, counselor, and service provider in Harford County Public Schools and in alignment with this principle, HCPS provides an extensive induction program that supports new hires.

We strongly encourage you to participate in all induction activities! Here are the steps to access the information and an overview of the opportunities available to you:

To begin, create your HCPS Accounts. You will receive a text message to your personal phone with instructions on how to activate your HCPS accounts.

Once your accounts are activated, you will have access to an online course. Once your accounts are activated, you will have access to an online course on Digital Teaching and Learning. This course is an asynchronous professional development facilitated through our Learning Management System, itsLearning. This course is available for completion between July 1, 2021 and August 30, 2021. If all asynchronous content is completed by August 30, 2021, participants will be compensated at the negotiated rate for a total of $150.00. For directions on how to access the course, open the Accessing New Hire Orientation 2021 document. This course provides a solid foundation in the HCPS vision for digital teaching and learning and utilizing itsLearning to its maximum potential for students. on Digital Teaching and Learning. This course is an asynchronous professional development facilitated through our Learning Management System, itsLearning. This course is available for completion between July 1, 2021 and August 30, 2021. If all asynchronous content is completed by August 30, 2021, participants will be compensated at the negotiated rate for a total of $150.00. For directions on how to access the course, open the Accessing New Hire Orientation 2021 document. This course provides a solid foundation in the HCPS vision for digital teaching and learning and utilizing itsLearning to its maximum potential for students.

Once you activate your accounts, you will also find emailed information for our New Hire Orientation Conference. This year's conference will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 and Wednesday, August 25, 2021 from 8:00am - 3:30pm. This broad conference offers a variety of choice sessions and workshops on content, curriculum, equitable access, positive classroom environments, digital tools, and more to help orient you to Harford County Public Schools and ensure you are ready for your students. Instructional Coaches and other system leaders will facilitate the creation of a personalized learning plan and structure opportunities for individual and small group reflection and application. Attendance at the conference is compensated at the negotiated rate of $25 per hour.

If you are a Conditionally Certified Teacher, you also have access to a special workshop on August 23, 2021 to jumpstart your professional practice.

The Organizational Development Office, the various Content Offices, the Teacher Specialists, and the Instructional Coaches who form the backbone of the induction program are looking forward to seeing you at the Orientation Conference! If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact the Supervisor of Teacher Preparation and Professional Development, Heather Kutcher at Heather.Kutcher@hcps.org

Induction Program Timeline (Certificated Positions Only)
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