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ERIC Number: ED417167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-25
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Seamless System of Professional Development from Preservice to Tenured Teaching.
Runyan, Kent; White, Victoria; Hazel, Linda; Hedges, Dick
The Kansas Goals 2000 Early Career Professional Development Program is a joint effort between universities, the Southeast Education Service Center, and 68 school districts. The program helps provide a seamless system of professional development for beginning teachers in their first 3 years of experience. The program relies heavily on trained mentors who offer continuous daily support. Nine mentor training sessions are held throughout the year to prepare the mentors. The sessions focus on such areas as facing fears, student motivation, discipline, conferencing skills, teaching and learning styles, instructional strategies, planning integrated curriculum, using technology, evaluating students, and evaluating the program. In addition to the training sessions, there is the Early Career Teacher Training Manual. It offers an orientation checklist, activity time line, and information on getting started, classroom management, conferencing, effective instructional strategies, and technology. Both qualitative and quantitative data have been collected on the program, including a teacher needs assessment and discussion with teachers. Results show that the program is very effective. Participants are excited about the collaborative effort and expect it to serve as a model for future induction efforts by the state of Kansas. (Contains 2 tables and 16 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas