Magazine article District Administration

High Quality Mentoring

Magazine article District Administration

High Quality Mentoring

Article excerpt

New York City is serious about keeping its new teachers. In 2004, the State of New York Board of Regents modified its teacher certification requirement so that all new teachers with less than a year of teaching experience in the state must receive quality mentoring. It shifted from the historical buddy system to new high quality programs using best practice in new teacher development.

It cost $36 million to adopt the new teacher induction model developed by the New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The lessons learned in the first year, according to the report, Understanding New York City's Groundbreaking Induction Initiative: Policy Implications for Local, State and National Educational Leaders, include:

* Build political will for reforming induction systems, such as requiring districts to review new teacher attrition rates and use research-based methods to assess costs of teacher turnover.

* Ensure all mentoring programs develop and maintain a high quality selection process, including a rigorous selection criteria with accompanying rubrics and having a selection committee of experienced instructional leaders.

* Identify and support successful program standards, such as allowing mentors to be released full-time from teaching.

* Align mentoring and induction with district programs related to teacher development, including allowing staff working with new teachers to share information and learn from one another. …

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