Frequently Asked Questions about MPS Induction
Q: What is the MPS Induction?
A: MPS Induction is the result of collaborative district efforts to be proactive in recruiting and
retaining the highest quality certificated staff. The program is designed in three Induction
Phases to support all new certificated staff in their first three years of employment as they
prepare for and enjoy a long, successful career in the Millard Public Schools.
Year 1: Orientation and Mentoring Relationships
Year 2: Peer Coaching Partnerships
Year 3: Extended Professional Experiences
Q: What is in store for new staff during Year 1 of employment?
A: New certificated staff will benefit from individualized support and a professional guide and
resource with a building mentor, will become familiar with building and district activity through a
variety of orientation experiences, and will receive assistance with curriculum development and
delivery of instruction through support provided by the Leadership and Learning Department and
the Educational Services Division. Staff in Year 1 will also complete All About Boundaries and
MPS Tech Ethics.
Q: What is Peer Coaching during Year 2 of employment?
A: Peer Coaching is a unique opportunity for certificated staff in their 2nd year of employment
to work with another certificated staff member in their building as a Peer Coaching Team.
The focus is on the Millard Instructional Model and includes peer collaboration, observation,
self-assessment, and reflection. The Peer Coaching experience includes four skill development
meetings, Coaching Team conversations, and classroom observations throughout the year. After
attending Regular Peer Coaching Session 1, Coaching Teams may choose to complete the Peer
Coaching Option Independent Team Study in lieu of the Regular Peer Coaching experience.
Participants earn the MPS Induction stipend for successful completion of Peer Coaching.
Staff in Year 2 will also complete Culturally Responsive Teaching Workshop and 40 Developmental
Q: What is involved in Extended Professional Experiences during Year 3 of employment?
A: Staff in their 3rd year of employment participate in a three-session facilitated
professional growth experience. The focus of these sessions includes preparing for a long and
successful MPS career through Professional Wellness, Professional Awareness, and Career Paths
exploration. Topics include: financial and professional wellbeing; current local, state, and
federal issues in education; Millard’s strategic plan; moving from appraisal phase to continuous
growth phase in the staff evaluation process; conversations with classroom, building, and district
leaders; and development of professional goals. Participants earn the MPS Induction stipend
for successful completion of Extended Professional Experiences.
Q: Who participates in the MPS New Staff Induction Program?
A: All certificated staff members hired since Fall 2002 participate in the 3-year MPS New Staff
Q: How can veteran district staff be involved?
A: Serve as building mentor or district Curriculum Contact to a new staff member.
Participate in Peer Coaching as a Coaching Partner to a 2nd year staff member.
Seek opportunities to support 3rd year staff through the Extended Professional Experiences
Q: What if I have questions?
A: Contact Janet Cook, Kim Rice or Kathi Smith.