- New educators and their students benefit from a wide level of support.
- Promoting collaboration and shared expertise builds instructional continuity and increases professional expertise.
- Ongoing orientation related to school/district policies, contract information, and other relevant information.
- Support seminars provided by either the school district or in collaboration with other professional organizations which are professional growth opportunities reflecting the educator standards.
- Qualified and trained mentor* for the new educator providing support on a variety of levels (1-2 years recommended). District support to provide release time is a priority. (* holds a license and trained to provide input into the confidential formative assessment of the educator).
||Local school districts, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, WEAC, WFT, CESA’s, local teacher unions, professional organizations and educator preparation programs
- Funding assistance through the state including the Peer Review and Mentoring Grant and Mentoring Grant for Initial Educators. (see https://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/programs/prmg)
- CESAs, professional organizations, and educator preparation programs
- Increased student learning (Research shows beginning teachers who receive high quality mentoring achieved student performance gains equivalent to those of fourth-year teachers who did not have access to comprehensive induction).
- Decreased expenses related to staff turnover. (Research shows that for every $1.00 spent on high quality induction, almost $2.00 is returned to the school district as a result of reduced turnover costs and increased teacher effectiveness over a period of five years).
- Strengthened commitment to profession for new educators and mentors resulting from collegial relationships and professional growth.
- Improved building continuity related to teacher learning and retention.