Teacher induction involves a comprehensive program of mentoring, training and professional development for all teachers. The first few weeks to the start of the school year can be hectic and overwhelming for new teachers to the District. Induction programs are designed to assist the new teachers to the field of education from “students of teaching to teachers of students” (Moskowitz & Stephens, 1997). The programs introduce teachers to District policies, important curricular strategies and most importantly, the culture of teaching in an urban school district.
The New Teacher Institute is an integral beginning for the success of the new teaching staff. It commences with a highly structured three-day professional development plan for all new teachers in early August, before school begins.
Day 1 focuses on classroom management, culturally responsive teaching and professional dress code guidelines. Teachers spend a half day in their assigned buildings for a site-based orientation facilitated by the principal and building support staff.
Days 2 and 3 address the first days of school, classroom management, instructional strategies, assessment requirements, working with parents, and meeting individual learner needs. One full day is partnered with curriculum supervisors and elementary curriculum consultants to review the curriculum and best instructional practices. The primary focus of the three days is on classroom management and working with a diverse student population.