TARGET – New Teacher Induction Program


The Teachers Aiming for Rewarding Goals and Effective Techniques (TARGET) Program is designed to support teachers, including guidance counselors, as they transition into Suffolk Public Schools. TARGET is mandatory for instructional staff in the following groups:

  • Teachers who are new to the teaching profession
  • Teachers who are new to Suffolk Public School
  • Teachers who are recommended by administrators

TARGET Year 1 Program

TARGET Year 1 (Y1) program offers a series of professional development sessions scheduled from September to April and will be held at King’s Fork Middle School. Teacher participation requirements vary based on number of years of experience they have successfully completed prior to joining Suffolk Public Schools. Absences must be approved by the school administrator and reported to the Office of Professional Development PRIOR to the session day when possible. Participants who are absent from a session must complete a make-up assignment regardless of the reason for the absence. STAR (renewal) points will be awarded at one (1) point for each 60 minute session. Session times are staggered based on teacher hours by level as follows:

Middle School Session Time

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

High School Session Time

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Elementary (A & B) School Session Time

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Additionally, every teacher new to Suffolk Public Schools will be assigned a colleague to act as their mentor for the school year. Mentors will meet with teachers periodically to share information and assist new teachers as needed. Mentors are held accountable for the time they spend with their mentees and monthly documentation is required from mentor/mentee meetings.

TARGET Year 2 Program

Next school year, teachers with 1 or 2 years of experience will participate in TARGET Year 2. During the second year of the program, teachers receive a Coaching Mentor (CM) to continue to support their development as a teacher.

TARGET Year 1    2017-18 Session Schedule

Dates Session Descriptions Teachers with      0-2 Yrs. Teacher with        3 Yrs. +
9/5/2017 to 12/1/2017 Classroom Management Basics for Novice Teachers

Online Edivate Course – Registration Directions Sent by Pony

7  STAR Points will be Awarded

Various Dates September 2017 Technology Takeover

All About SPS Technology Resources

Select & attend one of the possible dates.

September 9th, 14th, 19th, & 21st

x x
10/17/2017 Data, Data Everywhere

Making Data-Smart Instructional Decisions

x x


Teacher Roundtable Talk

Topics for discussion will be determined by the teachers


(1/16 – Make-up)

Preparing for Spring Fever

Keeping It All Together until June


(2/20 – Make-up)

Getting SOL Ready or Virtual TARGET

SOL Testing and How to Prepare  OR Edivate Selection

3/20/2018 Survive and Thrive

Reflections of the Year and Paying It Forward

4/17/2018 Rookie Teacher of the Year Reception

The reception will take place from 4:45 to 5:45pm.

4/27/2018 TARGET & Mentor Evaluation (Electronically)

Provide feedback about TARGET and mentoring experience

Total Session Requirements 9 2
Total STAR Points Awarded 15 points 2 points


Teachers with 3 years or more experience are only required to attend the sessions as indicated on the schedule, but are WELCOME to attend ANY of the available TARGET sessions.

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