First-Year Teacher Support


First-Year Teacher Academy

audience: beginning teachers


lead4ward’s First-Year Teacher Academy helps grow effective teachers through ongoing professional learning and support over the course of the school year.


The First-Year Teacher Academy includes:

  • Becoming an effective teacher
  • Getting ready for the first days
  • Managing the classroom environment
  • Maintaining positive student behavior
  • Understanding the standards
  • Vocabulary & visuals
  • Learning & the learner
  • Working with parents & families
  • Being a professional educator
  • Working with a mentor & PLC
  • Managing stress
  • lead4ward Tools, Resources, and Engaging Instructional Strategies


Customized Professional Learning

  • Customize the number of academy days that work best for your district
  • Choose 2-5 days of professional learning scheduled throughout the school year
  • Topics will be tailored to the district’s needs depending on the number of academy days and the time of year of the training


Note: lead4ward’s First-Year Teacher: Growing Effective Teachers book should be purchased for each academy participant. Books are sold separately and are in addition to the training fee. Books can be purchased from



For questions, email [email protected]


Interested in bringing a lead4ward First-Year Teacher training to your district? Complete the PD form found here–>

Keli Soliz

Keli Soliz, M.Ed., is a passionate educator and enthusiastic champion for empowering new teachers and mentors, instilling in them the confidence and skills to successfully navigate the complexities of the teaching profession. Read more–>


Stephanie Camarillo-Zelenak

Stephanie Camarillo-Zelenak, Ed.D., is an experienced educational consultant who works with campuses, districts, and regional education service centers in the areas of designing and implementing teaching and learning systems, and much more. Read more–>