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Teacher Induction Program

Introduction

The No. 1 reason new teachers leave teaching the first year is a lack of support.

The Teacher Induction Program is a coaching and mentoring program that provides support to help guide new teachers through the first year and, if needed, the second year. It is especially beneficial for alternatively and provisionally certified teachers. During induction, the new teacher joins a team consisting of an instructional coach, an on-site mentor and an administrator, who work together to develop a customized plan for achieving success in the classroom.

Benefits

Teacher Induction benefits new teachers by:

  • increasing new teacher retention.
  • providing customized, individualized support for teachers.
  • providing mentees and mentors the opportunity to earn college credit.

Application/Enrollment

2014-2015 School-Year Enrollment

Enrollment for the school year is open July 7 - Aug. 29, 2014. Complete the below Enrollment Form to enroll a teacher. (See Spring Enrollment for all December/January enrollments)

The cost for the program is $2,100 per teacher.

Application

Thank you for your interest in the Teacher Induction Program. We are excited for the opportunity to work with you.

Complete the application.

Teacher Withdrawal

The Instructional Leader will provide notice in writing to the Oklahoma Department of CTE to Jennifer Wehrenberg by Oct.10 in the event a teacher withdraws from a program.

Spring Enrollment

New teachers may enroll in the program during December and January. Instructional leaders must contact Jennifer Wehrenberg for spring enrollment. The school will pay one half of the fee in January and the second half the following September.

The instructional leader shall provide notice in writing to the Teacher Induction Program administrator by Feb. 6 in the event a teacher withdraws from the program.

 

Mentor, Administrator and Instructional Coach Training

Training will be offered on July 30 and September 15 at ODCTE. Send an email to to enroll in the training.  There will be no cost for enrollment of Mentor, Administrator and Instructional Coach Training.

If you have any questions, please call Jennifer Wehrenberg at 405-743-5155.

New Teacher Responsibilities

  • Actively participate with an energetic and open-mind to input throughout school year.
  • Meet with on-site mentor for a minimum of 72 hours.
  • Spend a minimum of six visits with instructional coach.
  • Keep instructional leader informed of progress.
  • Complete the Professional Development Needs Assessment form.
  • Use your team to help you succeed.

On-Site Mentor Responsibilities

Mentor Teacher Definition: Any teacher holding a teaching certificate who is employed in a comprehensive school or technology center district and who has been appointed to provide guidance and assistance to a resident teacher employed by the school district. A mentor teacher shall be a classroom teacher and have a minimum of five years of CTE classroom teaching experience. It is strongly recommended that no teacher serve as a mentor teacher for more than one mentee at a time.

  • Participate and actively engaged in the mentoring process.
  • Participate in approved mentor training (mentors must attend training every three years).
  • Provide support and instruction to new teacher.
  • Review with new teacher the resources provided.
  • Commit to spending a minimum of 72 hours in one-on-one mentoring with the new teacher.
  • Keep new teacher, instructional leader and instructional coach informed of the teacher's progress.
  • Document hours spent during mentoring process using the School Reimbursement Form.
  • Submit mentoring information on the School Reimbursement form quarterly. Submission dates: Oct. 17, Dec. 19, Mar. 13 and May 15.

Mentor Payment

All school mentors will receive a payment of $500 for providing 72 or more hours mentoring a new teacher.

If a mentor works with a teacher who leaves during December or January, the mentor will be paid a total of $250 if he or she has spent 36 hours with the teacher.

If a mentor works with a teacher who starts during December or January, the mentor will be paid a total of $500 if he or she meets the minimum 72 hours.

Use the School Reimbursement Form to record mentoring hours and submit for mentor payment.

 

Instructional Coach Responsibilities

  • Provide a minimum of six visits to each new teacher during the school year.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities sponsored by ODCTE.
  • Work with teachers on items identified in Professional Development Needs Assessment form and the Coaching Observation form.
  • Verify that all school mentor payment information is complete and accurate.
  • To serve as support, not as an evaluator, to the new teacher. Input into hiring and other personnel decisions will not be provided.
  • Facilitate team meetings with the new teacher, on-site mentor and instructional leader.
  • Provide communication to the instructional leaders, on-site mentor and ODCTE.
  • Provide guidance in the mentoring process.

Instructional Leader Responsibilities

  • Register the new teacher for the Teacher Induction Program with the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech Education.
  • Participate in approved mentor/administrator training (instructional leaders are encouraged to attend training every three years).
  • Provide resources necessary for mentor to attend mentor training.
  • Develop and use selection criteria for determining the on-site mentor.
  • Provide in writing to Teacher Induction Program coordinator by Oct. 17 the name of any teachers who withdraw from the program.
  • Provide on-site guidance and evaluation of mentoring process -- both school and university.
  • Work with the new teacher and mentors to resolve any concerns or issues.
  • Meet with the New Teacher Team a minimum of three times -- beginning of school year, middle of school year and end of school year.
  • Provide adequate time and support for mentor and new teacher to obtain the 72 hours of mentoring.
  • Have all participants sign the New Teacher Team Agreement form at the first team meeting and submit the form electronically.
  • It is strongly recommended that the new teacher and mentor be on the same campus.

Oklahoma Department of CareerTech Responsibilities

  • Provide support to all parties involved.
  • Provide up-to-date resources.
  • Provide mentor training to new and experienced administrator/mentors and instructional coaches.
  • Maintain current and accurate records of the Teacher Induction Program.
  • Facilitate communication among program participants and ODCTE.

Documentation

New Teacher Team Agreement

Professional Development Needs Assessment

School Reimbursement Form

Observation Form

Current Mentors, Administrators and Instructional Coaches Trained

Instructional Coach Reimbursement Form

Instructional Coaching Visits and Dates

Contacts

Jennifer Wehrenberg, Leadership & Professional Development Coordinator

Phone: 405.743.5155
Fax: 405.743.6809
TDD: 405.743.6816
Email: jennifer.wehrenberg@careertech.ok.gov

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