Popular Topics: New Teacher Mentors
Universities put far more energy into the initial certification of teachers than they do into on-going support for teachers in the crucial first five years. This "sink or swim" mentality has led to 50% of new teachers leaving the profession in these early years. Glub glub glub - the sound of many of the freshest faces and voices in teaching abandoning schools in discouragement.
Districts are realizing the development of systematic, thoughtful support programs for new teachers isn't optional; it's essential for the future vitality of schools. Many educators have created new partnerships with local colleges in support of new teachers. Individual schools and districts have created in-house programs on their own. There are successful models for supporting new teachers, but many schools and districts still find themselves scrambling to put one in place. We share some of them here.