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ERIC Number: ED464772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Teachers in Project Launch.
Harris, Mary M.; Holdman, Linda; Clark, Robin E.; Harris, T. Robert
Begun in 1996, Project Launch uses individual mentoring and day-long conferences to support new teachers in participating school districts in a 13-county area of North Dakota. First-year full-time teachers meet weekly with their assigned mentors to address immediate concerns and develop a teacher action plan. All participants gather for 4 days of large and small group programming covering needs identified by participants. In its first 4 years, the program was completed by 104 new teachers, including 72 in the Bismarck area, 7 in reservation or other American Indian schools, and 25 in small rural schools. Following a review of the literature on induction and retention of rural teachers, this paper examines the success of Project Launch for rural teachers, as compared to urban teachers. Data available for each participant included an individualized three-goal action plan developed with the mentor teacher, and a self-evaluation and mentor evaluation of first-year performance relative to the Project Launch framework for teaching. Profiles of participants' teaching strengths and teacher persistence were also considered. Rural participants differed significantly from urban participants in having lower self-perceived accomplishment of action plan goals, although their goals tended to be less specific. Rural participants were significantly more likely to move from their first positions after 1 year, but their attrition in later years was not significantly different from that of urban participants. Ways to structure induction programs more effectively for rural participants are proposed. (Contains 22 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: North Dakota