ERIC Number: ED360749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Help for New Teachers: Developmental Practices That Work.
Meister, Gail R.
This guidebook offers seven case studies of effective programs that have helped new teachers in Maryland. An overview lists the seven programs and summarizes the themes that emerged across the case studies. The descriptions provide information about program background and content, staffing and resource requirements, an assessment of the impact each program has had, and recommendations for improvement suggested by the participants. Methodology included site visits and interviews with program administrators, program staff, new teacher participants, and school system leaders. The programs combined in different ways one or more of the following strategies: mentoring, conferencing, demonstrating instructional techniques, providing opportunities to observe other teachers, offering group orientation, and creating an individual professional development plan. The programs also were unique and flexible, used available resources, and had skilled leaders. The following recommendations or "pointers" are suggested for implementing a beginning teacher support program: (1) formalize the program; (2) clarify goals; (3) coordinate efforts; (4) use a variety of strategies; (5) provide staff training; (6) adjust strategies as new teachers' need change; (7) adapt to local conditions; and (8) evaluate efforts. Eight tables are included. Appendices contain a description of the case study methodology and a list of acknowledgements. (LMI)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Case Studies, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Mentors, Professional Development, Secondary School Teachers, Staff Development, Staff Orientation, Teachers
Research for Better Schools, Inc., 444 North Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland