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New Teacher


ELS 710 Assessment and Development of Human Talent

Professor Brad Hamilton

By Deb Johnston

July 27, 2010

new teacher academy

New Teacher Academy



To provide quality professional development experiences that will enhance professional growth


To provide supportive and knowledgeable mentors that will assist all new teachers in meeting the educational goals of the school and students as they become successful teachers.

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New Teacher Academy


The design of the New Teacher Academy is based on National, State and Local research while the topics are selected based on the feedback (data collected) of participants.

School districts are working with teacher associations, universities, and others to establish mentoring programs to help beginning teachers, and veteran teachers in new assignments (NEA 1999).


Policies and procedures, guidance on classroom management to instructional strategies (NEA, 2002).

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New Teacher Academy

Why do we need New Teacher Academies/Mentoring programs?

1. Required by law!

In 1993, the Michigan Legislature, in Section 1526 of PA 335, mandated the New

Teacher Induction/Teacher Mentoring Program.

Section 1526 states: "For the first 3 years of his or her employment in classroom

teaching, a teacher shall be assigned by the school in which he or she teaches to

1 or more master teachers, or college professors or retired master teachers, who

shall act as a mentor or mentors to the teacher. During the 3-year period, the

teacher shall also receive intensive professional development induction into

teaching, based on a professional development plan that is consistent with the

requirements of Section 3a of article II of Act No. 4 of the Public Acts of the Extra

Session of 1937, being Section 38.83a of the Michigan Compiled Laws, including

classroom management and instructional delivery. During the 3-year period, the

intensive professional development induction into teaching shall consist of at

least 15 days of professional development, the experiencing of effective practices

in university-linked professional development schools, and regional seminars

conducted by master teachers and other mentors."

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New Teacher Academy

Why do we need New Teacher Academies/Mentoring programs?

2. To retain talented, well trained teachers

“33% of beginning teachers leave the profession after the first two years; within seven years, ½ are no longer teaching. Mentor programs and mentor teachers can play an important role in reversing this trend by giving new teachers the skills and role models they need to survive and thrive in the profession (Baraboo School District, 2010a).

Studies show that well-designed teacher induction programs reduce turnover rates and increase teacher effectiveness during their early career (NEA, 2002).

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New Teacher Academy

3. Connect new teachers to a network of colleagues and

resources, and reduce the isolation new teachers feel

(NEA, 2002).

4. Help veteran teachers to adjust to a new school or

assignment (NEA, 2002).

5. Recruitment Tool (Teachers want support)

6. Helps improve skills and knowledge of both new and

veteran teachers

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New Teacher Academy

Who is a Mentor?

  According to the Webster Dictionary, a mentor is an “experienced,

trusted adviser, a teacher or a tutor”.

A retired teacher defines mentoring as a process that opens the doors

to the school community and helps new faculty find the wisdom of all

the teachers in the building

What do Mentors do?

Facilitate a vision of collaboration between new and veteran teachers in

the school community

Willingly shares and builds a culture of learning

Leads by example in fostering positive relationships in the school


Advocates, nurtures, and provides unconditional support for new teachers

Models best practices with students and in their own professional growth

(Baraboo School District, 2010b).

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New Teacher Academy

Guidelines for Designing a New Teacher Academy

1. Create the Climate, Context and Structure for Effective Mentoring

Provide Time

Data from the National Center for Education statistics report that 88%

of mentored teachers report substantial improvements to their

instructional skills who work with mentors at least once a week”

(NEA, 1999). (Grass Lake School District data indicated the need for more time).

It is recommended that “teacher associations and districts create

written agreements to provide mentors and new teachers with

adequate opportunity to observe one another, model good teaching ,

and discuss instructional strategies and resources (NEA, 1999).

Proximity, grade level, subject matter, all also areas that need to be

considered when matching a mentor with a teacher. Grass Lakes data also

suggested the need for closer proximity.

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New Teacher Academy

Guidelines for Designing a New Teacher Academy


 Create a clear policy that interactions between the mentor and new teacher are kept confidential. This encourages the sharing of feelings with someone he/she trusts. They can be confident the dialogue is safe and secure (NEA, 1999).

Teacher Placement

 It is suggested that instead of placing new teachers with the most challenging classes and the veteran teachers with the advanced class – reverse this order to provide new teachers the opportunity to ease into the new career and acquire confidence – which in turn allows for a better chance at success (NEA, 1999).

New teacher can also observe how accomplished teachers handle their challenging assignments.

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New Teacher Academy

Guidelines for Designing a New Teacher Academy

Selecting Training and Supporting Mentors: Criteria for selection to consider

Attitude and Character

Professional Competence and Experience

Communication Skills

Interpersonal Skills

Matching Mentors with New teachers

Rather than one mentor, match with several: grade level mentor, subject

expert, technology expert and someone for classroom management and

policies and procedures. This way no burden on one teacher (NEA, 1999).

Lessens a since of trust for confiding (my opinion)

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New Teacher Academy

Guidelines for Designing a New Teacher Academy


 Reduced or modified course load – would provide more time

Be part of the planning


 Mentor Training and Support

 Mentors should have training before becoming a mentor. They should:

Be able to facilitate reflective practice

Understand state mandates

Be able to establish collaborative relationships based on trust,

and confidentially

Have classroom observation skills

Be able to develop long-term professional development plans for new


Understand the academic, professional, and social needs of new

teachers (NEA, 1999).

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Guidelines for Designing a New Teacher Academy

  • Content and Evaluation – What do new teachers need
  • fromMentors
  • Can not assume the needs are the same – conduct a needsassessment
      • First Stage - needs
        • Practical skills
        • Ordering supplies
        • Organize a classroom
        • Where to find instructional resources
        • Teacher association information
      • Second Stage – needs
        • Art and Science of teaching
        • Classroom management skills

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Guidelines for Designing a New Teacher Academy

  • Content and Evaluation – What do new teachers need from
  • Mentors
      • Third Stage – needs
        • Deeper understanding of instructional strategies
        • Ongoing professional development based on
        • assessed needs of teachers (NEA, 1999).

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Measuring the effectiveness of Mentoring

Quality of classroom learning

Documentation of effectiveness of mentoring – data

Study the improvements in classroom management, students

time on task, parent satisfaction, degree new teacher uses time

and resources efficiently (NEA, 1999).

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NEA describes Three Induction Models

    • 1. Basic Orientation Model
      • Helps new teachers learn school procedures and district policies
      • Helps new teachers understand their responsibilities
      • Addresses classroom management issues
      • Structured around a series of workshops
      • New teacher MAY be assigned a mentor – When Mentors
      • assigned, they serve in an informal capacity, with little attention
      • to modeling effective instructional practice
  • 2.Instructional Practice Model
      • Covers the same topics as the Basic Orientation Model
      • Links induction efforts to existing state and local standards
      • Well-trained mentors help new teachers bridge theory and
      • practice by using research-based classroom strategies (such as
      • Marzano’s Nine instructional strategies)
      • Lasts two or more years – offer sustained, content-rich learning

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NEA describes Three Induction Models

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3. School Transformation Model ----RARE

Incorporates everything from the first two models

Connects induction programs to systemic, school-wide renewal

efforts that promote continuous improvement

Uses research and data to assess and change its teacher

evaluation system, professional development practices and


Helps new teachers engage in school reform and connect their

professional growth to challenging goals for student learning

Focuses on the development of teachers as a “community of


This model represents NEA’s definition of high-quality professional development.


The Figure below illustrates the benefits of a High Quality Professional Development Program

 Figure 1

High-Quality Professional Development . .

• improves student learning;

  helps educators meet the needs of students who learn in different ways and

come from diverse backgrounds;

 • allows enough time for inquiry, reflection, and mentoring and is part of the

normal working day;

 • is sustained, rigorous, and adequate to the long-term change of practice;

 • is directed toward teachers’ intellectual development and leadership;

 • fosters better subject-matter knowledge, greater understanding of learning,

and full appreciation of students’ needs;

 • is designed and directed by teachers, and includes the best principles of adult


 • balances individual priorities with school and district needs, and advances the

profession as a whole;

 • makes best use of new technologies; and

 • is site based and supportive of a clear vision for student achievement.

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New Teacher Academy

Data Collection

NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education: Establishing High Quality Professional Development discusses the importance of data collection and analysis.

To determine if programs are achieving desired results

To determine program quality

To determine results for improvement

Districts should be collecting five types of data:

Program satisfaction

Teacher retention

Job satisfaction

Teacher learning

Student impact


The figure below describes each of these types of data

Figure 2

Types of Induction Program Data

The figure below illustrates the relationship between the data collect and the type of induction program. Figure 4
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New Teacher Academy
  • Long-term data collection should be integrated into every induction initiative.
  • It is essential for developing and maintaining a strong learning community, and for facilitating efforts to establish more rigorous and effective support programs for new teachers.
  • They also allow districts to move beyond the basic orientation model toward the more sophisticated instructional(NEA, 2002).

When designing a New Teacher Academy the unions, teachers and school administrators must work together to develop quality induction programs that will meet the needs of new teachers. The figure below illustrates how these key players can work together to be sure the induction program will be a high-quality program.Figure 5

(NEA, 2002)

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New Teacher Academy

Teacher Induction and Mentoring Programs

Designed to meet the State Required Standards

Standard 1:

The teacher induction and mentor program is designed and implemented to specifically meet local and state standards for teaching and learning.

Standard 2:

Professional development opportunities for new teachers and mentor meet quality professional development standards.

Standard 3:

Administrative policy is explicit in providing time, equity of responsibility, and personnel to design, implement, and maintain

the local teacher induction and mentor program.

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New Teacher Academy

Teacher Induction and Mentoring Programs

Designed to meet the State Required Standards

Standard 4:

The teacher induction and mentor program is comprised of and functions through well-informed community of learners.

Standard 5:

Cultural proficiency, which means esteeming cultures, knowing how to learn about individual and organizational culture, and interacting effectively in a variety of cultural environments, is a program component.

Standard 6:

Initial and ongoing evaluation of the teacher induction and mentor process is a program component (Michigan Department of Education, 2004).

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New Teacher Academy

Benefits of a well design New Teacher

  • Improved Communication skills
  • Enhanced self-esteem and confidence in his/her teaching ability
  • Motivated to try new teaching strategies
  • Gained sharpen observational skills
  • Improved classroom management skills
  • Increased ability to help students become active learners
  • Improved questioning skills
  • Increased use of technological devices (computers, smartboards)
  • Positive changed in student/teacher relations

Adrian Education Association contract outlines the following guidelines and requirements for their New Teacher Academy.

Article X - Mentor Teacher (per Adrian Public Schools Contract)

I. The mentor teacher will be defined as a tenured teacher.

II. Every probationary teacher shall be assigned a mentor teacher upon entrance into the system. The mentor teacher, insofar as possible, shall be a tenured teacher and be engaged in teaching within the same grade, building or discipline as the probationary teacher. It shall be the responsibility of the mentor teacher to assist the probationary teacher in acclimating to the building and to the district. At the beginning of each school year, the Board will provide an orientation to the mentor program, at which attendance is mandatory for both mentors and probationary teachers.

III. The mentor will be guaranteed the following:

A. The bargaining unit member who serves as a mentor during the school year shall be compensated as shown on Schedule I. ($1150)

B. The mentor would never be required to complete a formal written evaluation of another bargaining unit member (probationary

teacher); nor be allowed to testify in a grievance procedure which involves the probationary teacher. All communication between

the mentor and probationary teacher will be performed in a professional, collegial, nonthreatening manner. If a mentor observes

any illegal activity, he/she has an obligation to report it to the administration

C. The Board will develop a list of potential mentors district-wide by building prior to June 1st.

Tenured Teachers will indicate their interest to be a potential mentor on the Annual Mentor Form. Written notification of mentor

assignments and/or changes in mentor assignments will be provided to the AEA President or his/her designee. Notification will be

simultaneous with the annual seniority list. The bargaining unit member who agrees to serve as a mentor shall preferably be

assigned in his/her certification content area. Other assignments will be with the consent of the teacher and with the approval of

the administration.

D. Should a conflict arise between mentor and probationary teacher, either party may notify the administration and a new mentor will

be assigned by the administration.

IV. Requirements for Mentor and/or the Probationary Teacher

A. Mentor and probationary teacher are required to attend a minimum of three (3) training sessions per school year. Training sessions

will be supported and paid by the Board. Training sessions will satisfy a portion of the fifteen (15) days of state mandated

professional development for probationary teachers.

B. A minimum of one (1) hour in duration for classroom visitation will occur per each marking period. Classroom visitations may be by

the mentor to the probationary teacher’s classroom or the probationary teacher to the mentor’s classroom. Mentor and

probationary teacher will be provided with release time for classroom visitation and follow up conferences.

C. During the first four (4) full weeks of the school year the mentor and the probationary teacher will meet weekly and once a month

every month thereafter for follow-up conferences throughout the school year.

D. Classroom visitations, jointly attended training sessions and/or follow up conferences will satisfy the requirements for weekly and/or

monthly meetings.

E. Documentation of each meeting (such as orientation, classroom visits, training sessions, and mentor/probationary teacher scheduled

conferences) will be recorded on the Mentor/Probationary Teacher Support Activity Log provided by the Human Resource Office.

(Located in Appendix G) It is the responsibility of the probationary teacher to submit a copy of the completed form to the

probationary teacher’s supervising administrator at least once a month during the school year.

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New Teacher Academy

The New Teacher Academy using the recommendations outlined in this paper and the data from Grass Lake Community School District, which illustrates a need for:

Classroom Management and Organization Skills

Teaching practices and student achievement

Time management to meet expectations and standards

Direction on Professional Development (Checklist and ideas will be

provided in a handbook)

District and Building procedures (Contact information to key players in the

building will be included in the handbook)

State guidelines per subject/grade level (How to locate in the handbook)

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New Teacher Academy

The New Teacher Academy using the recommendations outlined in this paper and the data from Grass Lake Community School District, which illustrates a need for:

Tours/orientation of all buildings (Maps and location of key are in the


Time designated for meeting (such as common planning)

Best Practices

Understanding your contract – Meeting with Union Rep./ Uniserve

Conduct a New Teacher Orientation with new teachers only

Check off list of requirements is in the handbook

Developing an Individual Development Plan – Setting Goals


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