Induction and Mentoring
the Physics Teacher Education Coalition
There exists today a broad consensus that recognizes new teacher isolation and lack of support as major causes of teacher attrition, and recommends stronger induction and mentoring programs for beginning teachers as a means to keep them in the classroom. The Alliance for Excellent Education recommends comprehensive induction programs consisting of high-quality mentoring, common planning time, ongoing professional development, an external network of teachers, and standards-based evaluation for new teachers. PhysTEC provides suggestions for increasing rates of recruitment and retention, as well as providing examples of member institutions.
Drew Isola and
This workshop presentation covers various models for implementation of mentoring programs for new physics teachers. It covers styles of mentoring, the importance of mentor training and various models for training implementation, and difficulties in implementation. It is the continuation of a previous workshop.
Dale Freeland and
This workshop presentation from the 2006 PhysTEC Conference covers issues of mentoring new physics teachers. Mentee needs, strategies for successful mentoring programs, and examples are included in the discussion.
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