EdPractices will be there to support district efforts to affirm beginning teachers. We advocate for new teachers to enthusiastically STAY and THRIVE in education! Our plan includes the following:
Assist in creating individualized routines and teaching habit roadmaps to ensure the social- emotional, as well as instructional, needs of newer teachers are addressed.
Round-table opportunities using a community of learners approach for newer teachers to collaborate within the district/school and with cohorts from nearby school corporations.
Ask/don’t tell structured coaching provided. Clinical observation and self-reflection lead to outcome-driven support and modeling for newer teachers.
Resources, dedicated conferences, and individualized mentoring provided throughout the school year.
We operate from the philosophy that the best way to retain beginning teachers is to provide consistent professional growth and support activities throughout the academic year, based on the teacher’s individual strengths and needs AND the initiatives of the school/district.
We start this process by consulting with administrators, having teachers complete a self-assessment so they are active participants in the process, conducting observations of teaching in the classroom and then assisting teachers to create a roadmap for success.
We continue the process by creating a community of learners, consisting of other new teachers, and providing PD in knowledge and skill areas that teachers and administrators have chosen, continuing with regular observation and structured coaching, and supporting teachers as needed on an individual basis in person or virtually.
We end the year with teachers and administrators by reviewing and revising teacher road maps with activities designed to maintain peer support.
See our research brief – STAY and THRIVE: A Look at Improving Teacher Retention