New and returning Bedford County teachers got a 'smart' start to the school year, with a three-day induction program held at Shelbyville Central High School.
SMART stands for Sucess-oriented, Motivational, Adaptive, Results-driven Teaching.
"The goal of this program was to enable teachers to experience success from the very first day of school," said Janice Womble, supervisor of secondary instruction.
The 68 teachers in attendance were introduced to classroom strategies and activities which concentrated on culture and climate of the schools, community and district.
Training was provided regarding connecting procedures and routines to best practices and teachers were coached on positive expectations for motivating students, colleagues, and teachers.
A video program by Dr. Harry Wong, an expert on classroom management and new teacher concerns, supplemented the training
Teachers enjoyed a breakfast and teacher goodie bags provided by the Bedford County Education Association. A Heavenly Ham lunch was donated by Ascend Credit Union.
Door prizes provided by the community were awarded during the sessions, with all events designed to make incoming teachers feel a welcome and important part of the community.
Organizers termed the closing speech by Dr. Ray Butrum, Superintendent, as "powerful and moving. Teachers were reminded of the positive influence they have on students each day," said Sheila Bratton.