New Educator Induction

Mentoring and Professional Development for New Educators
Induction Strategy: Teacher Inductions focused on great teacher model; Principal induction focused on typical new-hire challenges; Coaches inducted in student-centered coaching model & Great Teaching Mattersthrough a three year induction program. New MMSD first year educators receive one-on-one mentoring from four full-time mentors and 9 retired teachers serving as part-time mentors. These mentors meet with School of Education faculty and staff who are providing insight and guidance on the mentoring process, empowering the mentors to work with teachers to enhance teaching effectiveness and focus on providing equitable opportunities for all MMSD students. All new educators to the district also are invited to participate in monthly New Educator Seminars focused on equity and access.

Book Cover for Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools by Amanda E. Lewis & John B. DiamondSeminars:

  • Excellence with Equity / Promising Practices for Common Concerns
    John Diamond, UW-Madison Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Education, addressed the new educators by sharing the impetus behind his new book and parallels with MMSD. New Educators broke into job alike sessions with mentors for in-depth discussions.

Video Report from Design Team Meeting - February 18, 2015

  • New Teacher Induction - The New Teacher Induction Team reported a key aspect of the work this year has been defining the role of the mentor and its relationship to coaching. Mentors have been focused on helping new teachers by questioning and probing into the teacher’s goals and assumptions of student learning. 


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