The No. 1 reason new teachers leave teaching the first year is from a lack of support.
The Teacher Induction Program provides leadership and support to help guide new teachers through the first school 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 of mentors who works together to develop a customized plan for achieving success in the classroom.
New teachers are partnered with two mentors: one at the comprehensive school or technology center where they are teaching, and a university-based mentor who will assist the teacher with a minimum five on-site visits. The two mentors serve to guide the new teacher through in instructional strategies, instructional planning, classroom management and classroom assessment.
Teacher Induction benefits new teachers by:
- increasing new teacher retention
- providing customized, individualized support for teachers
- providing for the opportunity to earn college credit for mentees and mentors
2012 - 13 School-Year Enrollment
Enrollment for the school year opens July 23 - August 17, 2012. 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.
The Instructional Leader will provide notice in writing to the Oklahoma Department of CTE toAlice Rushmore or Jennifer Wehrenberg, Email: email@example.com by Oct.10 in the event a teacher withdraws from a program.
New teachers may enroll in the program during December and January. Instructional Leaders must contactAlice Rushmore or Jennifer Wehrenberg, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 10 in the event a teacher withdraws from the program.
See Policies concerning mentor payments.
New Teacher Responsibilities
- Actively participate in the induction process with an energetic and open-mind to input throughout school year
- Meet with building mentor
- Spend a minimum of five visits with university mentor
- Keep Instructional Leader informed of progress
- Explore and utilize tools identified on Resources page
- Complete the Professional Development Needs Assessment form
- Utilize your team to help you succeed
Mentor Teacher Responsibilities
Mentor Teacher Definition: Any teacher holding a teaching certificate who is employed in a comprehensive school or technology center district can serve as a teacher 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 teachers serve as a mentor teacher for more than one mentee at a time.
- Participate and actively engaged in the mentoring process for the new teacher
- 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 on this website
- Commit to spending a minimum of 72 hours in one-on-one mentoring with the new teacher
- Keep new teacher, Instructional Leader and university mentor informed of the teacher's progress
- Document hours spent during mentoring process using the
- It is strongly recommended that the mentor and mentee be on the same campus
- Submit the Mentor Reimbursement form to the University Mentor at the end of the mentoring year
All school mentors will receive a payment of $500 for providing 72 or more hours mentoring the 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 they have 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 they meet the minimum 72 hours. However, the payments will be made as $250 for the spring semester and $250 at the conclusion of the fall semester.
University Mentor Responsibilities
- Provide a minimum of five visits to each new teacher during the school year
- Participate in professional development opportunities sponsored by ODCTE
- Work with teachers on items identified in form
- University mentors will collect the current School Mentor Payment Forms from the schools they serve
- 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
- Provide guidance to the New Teacher Induction process
- Provide communication to the Instructional Leaders, Comprehensive School or Technology Center Mentor, and ODCTE
Instructional Leader Responsibilities
- Register the new teacher for the Teacher Induction Program with the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech
- Participate in approved mentor/administrator training (instructional leaders must attend training every three years)
- Provide resources necessary for mentor to attend mentor training
- Develop and utilize selection criteria for determining their building Mentor
- Provide in writing to Teacher Induction Program coordinator by October 10 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
- Provide adequate time and support for mentor and new teacher to obtain the 72 hours of mentoring
- Have all participants sign the New Teacher Induction Team Agreement at the first team meeting and maintain agreement on site
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 university mentors
- Maintain current and accurate records of the Teacher Induction Program
- Facilitate communication among program participants and ODCTE