Creating a handbook/guidelines for teaching assistants/volunteers
19 September 2013 03:11 PM
I have a lot of new staff this year and I am trying to create a really well developed hand book for my staff. Does anyone have something like this created? I just need something to use as a guideline. My program is in Helena, MT.
25 September 2013 12:17 PM #1
I do not, however this would be great to have especially when brining in volunteers, who do not know the program but want to help.
30 October 2013 11:51 AM #2
It is important that an organization such as an afterschool to create a handbook/guidelines for teaching assistants/volunteers. I am a staff member at the St. Andrews Sunny Saints Afterschool Program. The program has created a Parent/Student Handbook as well as a handbook for teachers and volunteers. Its a good idea of doing this because it is to provide enrichment, help, and support in the day-to day activities at the afterschool.
Also let me add by saying the importance of creating a handbook is that you want to have your employees first impression of your organization. That way it provides an opportunity for the organization to put their best food forward.
04 December 2013 01:34 PM #3
Take a look at the attached Family Guide Book that was recently posted on the homepage. I think this would be helpful!
(Admin note: the file referenced above can be found at http://y4y.ed.gov/discussion-boards/68 )
16 July 2015 02:45 PM #4
The Family Guidebook is a helpful resource.
18 August 2015 12:51 PM #5
I am the site coordinator for our high school and created a handbook for my staff as well as a handbook for parents/students. Hopefully, you will find them useful and please change them to suit your particular program and school level.
18 August 2015 12:58 PM #6
Thanks krivers for sharing.
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