Mentoring & Induction
The GTL Center’s Mentoring and Induction Project is aimed squarely at strengthening supports for educators early in their careers. Building strong mentoring and induction programs helps states and districts address high rates of beginning teacher attrition and capitalize on their best assets: experienced teachers with extensive insights to share as mentors. At the national level, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans for 45 states identify mentoring and induction programs as a solution to the challenges of teacher retention and talent management.
Partners and Approach
The GTL Center offers two integrated lines of mentoring and induction support:
- Mentoring and Induction Toolkit and Support Services, aligned with resources from the New Teacher Center
- Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) Cross-State Affinity Group on Mentoring and Induction, in partnership with the Center on School Turnaround (CST)
Each line of support is designed to cultivate state and district partnerships in designing, testing, and scaling up new or strengthened mentoring and induction programs. Building strong partnerships between states and districts ensures that mentoring and induction programs are designed with the flexibility to meet the unique needs of local communities. Explore the content here to learn more.
Mentoring and Induction Toolkit and Support Services
The Mentoring and Induction Toolkit is a ready-to-use resource for states working closely with districts to build strong mentoring and induction programs. The GTL Center designed the toolkit to help state leaders facilitate meaningful conversations with districts about the design and implementation of mentoring and induction programs. The toolkit materials summarize research and best practices, highlight relevant examples, and provide streamlined processes for action planning.
Since the Toolkit launched in February 2018, GTL Center staff have met with seven state teams to support customization of the resources and discuss potential opportunities for more intensive coaching and assistance in using the tools.
T4TLA Cross-State Affinity Group on Mentoring and Induction
The Cross-State Affinity Group is a line of technical assistance services designed to support six states and nine partner districts in the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA) in designing or strengthening mentoring and induction supports in their highest need, lowest performing schools.
In most T4TLA states and districts, more than 50% of teachers leave the profession in their first 3 years. One key strategy for ensuring new teachers are better supported from their first day in the classroom is to build up stronger mentoring and induction programs.
T4TLA partners support affinity group members with a first-of-its-kind model that integrates what the research says about elements of effective mentoring and induction programs with the unique contextual considerations required to design and launch a program in a turnaround environment. Within the affinity group, state education agencies work together with at least one district, with the goal of scaling lessons learned to other turnaround districts.
The cross-state affinity group blends in-person collaboration and learning with ongoing virtual support to provide participating teams with the following:
The cross-state affinity group is designed to not only support the six T4TLA states involved but also share out lessons learned, strategies, and T4TLA state-developed resources to a national audience.
Virtual Learning Sessions
In addition to a February 2018 kickoff meeting in Chicago, the affinity group is participating in monthly virtual learning sessions. Topics include the following:
- Mentor Professional Learning, Development, and Assessment
- BeginningTeacher Professional Learning and Development
- The Role of the Principal in Comprehensive Induction
- Using ESSA Funding for Multiyear Mentoring and Induction
- Effective Communication With Stakeholders and Staff
- Induction Program Monitoring and Continuous Improvement
In the News
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- Opportunities to Use ESSA to Support and Retain New Teachers, Education Commission of the States Blog, by Lisa Lachlan-Haché (May 10, 2018)