It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy at creative expression and knowledge.
~ Albert Einstein
“Induction is a process-a comprehensive, coherent, and sustained professional development process-that is organized by a school district to train, support, and retain new teachers and seamlessly progresses them into a lifelong learning program” (Wong, 2004, p. 42 ). Districts should strive to support novice teachers for their first three years in the profession. “By most accounts, new teachers need three or four years to achieve competence and several more to reach proficiency” (Feiman-Nemser, 2003, pgs. 2-3). Comprehensive induction programs that support new teachers over multiple years accelerate the effectiveness of novices and have impact on students in classrooms. The data shows that quality, comprehensive induction programs not only increase retention of new hires, but also accelerate the effectiveness of new teachers by “...fast-tracking their progress to exemplary teachers with the ability to positively impact student achievement” (Moir, 2009, p.16).
The Teacher Preparation Initiative has created a website just for new teachers and SCSU Teacher Education Graduates. Resources from New Teacher Workshops can be found at this site as well as Animoto Videos. These videos, based on phases that new teachers experience, are sent monthly to our new teachers. In addition, a video is created after each workshop.