Supporting Educators for Student Achievement

Induction with Mentoring

Individualized Support for
New Hires

Developing and Retaining
Great Educators



Individualized Support for New Hires

Although all new hires need the support provided by induction-with-mentoring, the diversity of pathways to teaching requires that districts pay attention to the unique needs of each newly hired educator.

For those involved in the support of new educators the following are some questions to ask:

  • How should your induction-with-mentoring program be tailored to meet the needs of both traditionally prepared teachers and non-traditionally prepared teachers?

  • How can you support veteran educators who are coming into a new district?

  • What resources will you need to assist non-traditionally prepared teachers who are pursuing certification?

  • What can you do to make sure that late hires are completely oriented and haven't missed important information?

  • How can you assist "grow your own" teachers from within your district in adjusting to their new role within the district?

  • How can you assure that all new hires get the support they need to achieve competence in pedagogy and classroom management?

  • How will support for a mature new educator differ from support for a young new educator?

Real World Examples

Late Hire orientation program:

It’s the Principal of the Thing! Education World, September 2002.

The Aging of America's teachers, Harvard Gazette

What New Teachers Value Most in Principals, NAESP, January/February 2004

Interview with Peggy Bryan, Principal of a California elementary school, about supporting new and experienced teachers, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, 2000.

Aramina Ferrer, New York City's Successful Alternative Route for New Teachers
White House Conference on Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers: An account of a principal's experience supporting non-traditionally prepared teachers.

Principals Hold Key to Teacher Retention, Education World, 2006.

Mark Littleton & Pam Littleton, Evolution of a Teacher, Inspiring Teachers Publishing, Inc.

Ellen Moir, Listening to the Voices of New Teachers, New Teacher Center at UCSC.

Ellen Moir,  Phases of First-Year Teaching, California New Teacher Project, published by the California Department of Education (CDE), 1990.


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