Do You Have
a Success Story to Share?
The districts and the people represented in this section embrace
the philosophy of Somerset Maugham's quote that began this chapter.
To paraphrase this quote on behalf of these educators:
It's a funny thing about education; if you refuse to accept anything
but the best from your
administrators, teachers, and students, you very often get it.
And, how do they get it? By using their best people to train all
members of the organization to be their best. The primary
purpose of this book is to share information so that school districts
can help their new teachers succeed by becoming effective teachers
who will impact the lives of every student they teach.
Thus we have shared a variety of exemplary new teacher induction
programs used by various schools and school districts.
Please share your induction program with us. If
you have a comprehensive induction program and would like to have
it added to future editions of this book, please send information
to either of the authors. (See "About the Authors" on
We ask that you send information about your induction program only
if it meets the following three simple criteria:
- There must be a minimum of two days of workshops held before
the beginning of school with emphasis on effective teacher training
and an introduction to the school or school district's culture.
- There must be regularly scheduled meetings held during the
first year and a structured program of learning that continues
into the second year of new teachers' employment.
- There must be some form of structured, personal support provided
for each new teacher, at least during the first year.
Thank you for sharing. We look forward to hearing from you.