ERIC Number: ED473235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
New-Teacher Excellence: Retaining Our Best.
Joftus, Scott; Maddox-Dolan, Brenda
As school districts nationwide work to implement the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, they may be inadvertently accelerating the departure of experienced teachers and failing to adequately support new teachers. The Alliance for Excellent Education believes that this problem requires a two-pronged solution: financial incentives for teachers in high poverty schools and well-organized professional development and support systems, including induction programs for beginning teachers. Benefits of induction programs include: new and veteran teachers stay longer in their teaching positions, new teachers are more effective, and veteran teachers become happier in their jobs. Challenges include: poor schools often do not have enough qualified teachers to be mentors, large schools and districts have administrative problems managing programs, and induction programs sometimes fail to support alternatively trained or noncredentialed teachers. Despite challenges, the Alliance strongly believes that well-planned, effectively administered new teacher induction programs, especially in combination with financial incentives, provide a crucial key to students' ability to achieve educational success. This report describes induction programs that work, including California's Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) project. It also looks at successful programs abroad. An appendix presents case studies of district implementation of California's BTSA program. (SM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Incentives, Labor Turnover, Mentors, Poverty, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Persistence
Alliance for Excellent Education, 1101 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Suite 411, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-842-4888: Fax: 202-842-1613; Web site: http://www.All4Ed.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Louisiana; New York (Rochester); Ohio (Toledo); Texas