ERIC Number: ED360854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Teachers Need Teachers: An Induction Program for First Year Bilingual Teachers.
Sosa, Alicia Salinas; Gonzales, Frank
A critical shortage of bilingual teachers exists in Texas. While the Hispanic population has grown at a 39% rate, the number of Hispanic teachers has declined. The Teachers Need Teachers program in San Antonio pairs about 75 new bilingual education teachers with experienced bilingual education teachers, who serve as mentors. Its purpose is to enhance retention of teachers in a critical shortage area, where negative job-related factors such as professional isolation, conflicting philosophies, heavy workload, and lack of access to needed materials cause many teachers to leave their jobs. Special needs identified include direct teacher assistance in implementing bilingual education strategies and practices, assistance in teaching English as a Second Language, assistance in teaching nontraditional students, reduction of job-related stresses, and access to bilingual materials. The program's design is intended to provide support through specific phases of a new teacher's experience, enhancing self-confidence and persistence. Mentor teachers are selected for their experience, competence, and supportive characteristics and are matched by grade level with entry-level teachers. Activities include six training workshops and varied support services (bulletins, instructional materials, mentoring and coaching activities, observations and demonstrations, resource-lending and information-sharing, planning and feedback sessions). Mentor teacher logs have revealed distinct patterns of assistance to new teachers at different times in the semester, and new teacher feedback and behavior have validated the need for and benefits of the support activities. (MSE)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic Americans, Limited English Speaking, Mentors, Orientation, Peer Relationship, Program Descriptions, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Supply and Demand, Vocational Adjustment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education (22nd, Houston, TX, February 24-27, 1993).