New Hire Professional Development Onboarding for 2023-2024
We are pleased that you have chosen Dorchester School District Two to be your place of employment!
New Hire Professional Development Onboarding is a series of personalized trainings over the summer designed to integrate New Hires into Dorchester School District Two that allows new employees to complete REQUIRED trainings needed PRIOR to the FIRST DAY OF WORK. New Hires also learn about the school district and its structure, culture, vision, mission, core values, beliefs and protocols.
July 24 – August 11
Various locations through the school district
In person, virtual, hybrid
Professional Learning (PL)
Provided to those who complete New Hire Professional Onboarding sessions during the three-week period.
New Hires who do not complete the New Hire Professional Development Onboarding during the designated three-week period (stipend included) will be required to complete them once under contract. This may require afternoon sessions beyond the regular school day. Stipends will not be provided for the required trainings during the new hire’s contract period.
There may be additional Required training necessary for employment and/or positions; however, all of them are not required to be completed prior to the first day of work. These include trainings such as Vector Solutions, Active Shooter training, Erin’s Law Refresher, Signs Matter, Bloodborne Pathogens, Stop the Bleed, etc. Opportunities may be provided prior to the start of the school year for All Staff to complete other required trainings as well as on District Staff Development the first week 190-day employees report to work for the 2023-2024 school year.
Included you will find information links for accessing Professional Learning and directions for registering for Onboarding sessions. You will also see a Session Planner for your teaching assignment. A Playlist (required course list) is also attached in PL to assist with session registration. If you need a different playlist added in PowerSchool Professional Learning, let Sharon Kerley know. Information can also be accessed on the District Staff Development website. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Please plan to attend one of the following sessions to meet our superintendent Dr. Robbins and learn about our district, benefits, and speak to department representatives to get answers to your questions.
Marcia O’Brien Field House Meeting Room
Marcia O’Brien Field House Meeting Room
Please use the link to sign up for which day you will attend so we can make appropriate food preparations. If you are an Induction Teacher participating in the Induction Orientation August 7-8 or 9-10, please sign up for the afternoon you have Induction Orientation. We will make our way to the Celebration at the end of our session.
DD2 New Hire Welcome Celebration!
August 8th or 10th
Please drop-in either day!
Welcome from DD2 Leadership
Representatives from Personnel, Payroll, Benefits, and Technology on-site to answer questions
Food and Prizes!
Marcia O'Brien Fieldhouse
200 Stadium Circle (behind Summerville Elementary)
As part of the Expanded ADEPT system, South Carolina Teaching Standards (SCTS) 4.0 is South Carolina’s primary formal evaluation model for classroom-based teachers. The SCTS 4.0 rubric is based on sets of performance standards designed and validated by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) and establishes the expectations for what classroom-based teachers are to know, be able to do, and carry out as an integral part of their practice. These expectations, called the SCTS Indicators, are the foundation for good teaching and are designed to grow classroom-based teachers throughout their career continuum, beginning with teacher preparation and continuing through Induction, summative performance evaluations, and ongoing professional growth and development. A classroom-based teacher’s proficiency in each of the standards is expected to occur developmentally and to increase continuously throughout the entirety of the teaching career.
South Carolina requires all teachers to participate in the SCTS 4.0 Rubric One-day Training. The session has been modified from a full day training into three parts. You are required to complete all three components to receive the credit for this required training.
SCDE developed self-paced training You will need to download the file. It is a large file and may take a few minutes to complete. You may need to click on the speaker icon for each slide. There are some videos embedded in the PowerPoint presentation you will need to watch.
Follow-up session with Assistant Director of Induction, Mentoring, and Teacher Evaluation. The follow up session is included in Day 2 of the Induction Orientation. Induction teachers will not need to register in PL for this follow up session. All other teachers will need to register for the session in PL.
If you are transferring to DD2 from another SC district and have already participate in this training, please complete the attached form and provide verification of the training to Sharon Kerley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PowerSchool Professional Learning is Dorchester Two’s platform to register for professional learning courses and staff development including Onboarding sessions. Please see directions below for accessing PL.
To login to PowerSchool Professional learning, navigate to https://dd2.pl.powerschool.com. Use your email to login to your Dorchester District Two Microsoft account.
Current DDTwo Email Address
If you are a previous employee or are changing roles and already have an email account, the email address listed above may be the same. If so, continue using that login information and password. If you were a student teacher, your email information will change, and you will need to follow the directions above.
You will be prompted to create 5 security questions and answers. After completing, you will be directed to our PL website.
New Hires will need to participate in the New Hire Technology Workshop as part of the New Hire Professional Development Onboarding sessions. District laptops will be deployed at this training session. Please register for a time in Professional Learning (PL)
There is road construction going on near the district office (Berlin G. Meyers) that may cause some traffic delays and changes this summer. E. Richland will be closed this summer due to construction of the new intersection. In addition to some parking at the district office there is also a larger Parking lot behind Summerville Elementary (enter via S. Magnolia St/John McKissick Way) located between the SHS Football Stadium and Stadium Circle. There is a sidewalk that will take you to the district. The same parking lot is used for the Marcia O’Brien Field House training room (green building). Please do not park along the streets.
Marcia O’Brien Field House:
200 Stadium Circle, Summerville