18 Sep 2012

I think it is time we talked more about the quality of the support programs being offered to new teachers. I’m concerned that the difference between a low- and high-quality teacher induction program and the respective impact of each may not be fully understood by many school districts. Let me explain.

14 Sep 2012

My NTC colleagues and I are pleased to see so much recent acknowledgement of the importance of supportive conditions to maximize the impact of great teaching. Data from our Teaching and Learning Conditions Initiative demonstrates that educators who report having strong school leadership, sufficient resources and support, and a manageable workload have higher achieving students. Former National Education Association executive director John Wilson understands this, too.

Induction coach Michelle Livsey leads Alyson Gorden in a mentoring conversation
15 Aug 2012

New teachers are often assigned to challenging classes and beginning Westerly (RI) High School math teacher Alyson Gorden was no exception.  In September, 2011,  Alyson learned that in one of her classes, most of the students had Individual Educational Plans and that she would be co-teaching the class with a special education teacher who had no background in math

Annameekee Hesik
13 Aug 2012

Annameekee Hesik's essay took first prize in our Mentor Writing Contest, made possible with support from MetLife Foundation. She is a mentor with the Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project.

Matt Katz
08 Aug 2012

Mr. Moses began his education career teaching Algebra at one of Chicago’s most notorious Southside high schools in November 2011. I began mentoring him through weekly, 90 minutes sessions in early December. He replaced a teacher who had been run-off by threats of physical violence. Below are journal excerpts from a few of our 18 visits. -- By Matt Katz, New Teacher Center induction coach (Chicago New Teacher Center) and consultant