ERIC Number: ED451186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-3
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Learning from New Teachers: Project Launch in Broad Strokes.
Harris, Mary M.
This paper describes Project Launch, a beginning teacher induction program that combines individual mentoring with large group meetings that address participants' concerns. Planned by a committee of local teachers, administrators, and teacher educators, Project Launch has operated since 1996-97. Unique features include extensive interinstitutional collaboration associated with planning and delivery and incorporation of locally adopted standards to organize understandings of teaching. To participate, teachers must be starting their first full-time teaching contract. Principals assign mentors within the same building for each new teacher. Mentors commit to working with new teachers at least once a week. Activities are organized around action plans formulated in September. Four day-long sessions help build professional community, guide formation of goals, emphasize participants' roles as mentors and teachers, and provide resources. In May, participants share stories of growth directed toward action goals. Project evaluation suggests that effects on teacher retention become apparent as participants move into years 3-5 of teaching. Over the years, perceptions of areas of comfort and discomfort for new teachers have been very similar. Most teachers choose as one of their three action goals an item related to professional development (followed by relationships and learning environment). (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: North Dakota