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Orange County Public Schools
Great Beginnings

Each school in Orange County has an instructional coach as well as mentors assigned to each new teacher. The coach schedules training sessions throughout the year and mentors meet regularly with the new teachers. This entire process is structured before school begins, during a three-day training session that commences Orange County's new teacher induction program-Great Beginnings. The instructional coaches are trained in areas of verbal coaching skills, instructional strategies, and classroom management. They receive ongoing training on topics related to induction at the school site.

Nora Gledich
Orange County Public Schools
445 West Amelia Street
Orlando, FL 32801

Glades County School District
Quality Teachers Insure
Productive Students Program

A small rural district in Florida realized the need for an induction program. In the program's first year, 1997, the district invited all of its veteran teachers to the induction program for new teachers. Not only did over 90 percent of the veteran teachers attend, but they said it was one of the best in-service training programs in which they had ever participated.

The program, Quality Teachers Insure Productive Students (QTIPS), provides the new teachers of Glades County with the opportunity to become familiar with the culture of the school system and the community. New teachers are introduced to the district in a family-type atmosphere. There are induction meetings for three days prior to the opening of school and monthly thereafter. Mentors are provided for each new teacher and novice teachers receive a second year of induction.

Mazie Ford
Glades County School District
P.O. Box 459
Moore Haven, FL 33471

South Carolina
Lexington County School District 3
Induction Program

Lexington's induction program has been developed to partner with South Carolina's Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Professional Teaching (ADEPT) program. Their induction program begins with four to five days of pre-school year meetings and training. During the first year, beginning teachers must complete a professional growth plan that supports the district's strategic plan and must maintain an induction log. The induction training is designed by the district and is supplemented by a graduate course taken at a cooperating local university. Beginning teachers have the support of an assistance team consisting of a mentor, a building administrator, and a third observer, each receiving one and one-half days of release time. Time is also structured for beginning teachers to observe master teachers.

Frances K. Bouknight
Lexington County School District 3
338 West Columbia Avenue
Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006

The Clark County Induction Program

An educational convention, Siegfried and Roy, or blackjack may draw you to Las Vegas. Regardless, as you pass through McCarran International Airport, you will see a sign that says, "Elvis has left the classroom and we have a vacancy."

Applicants come from over 40 states to teach in Clark County, Nevada-the sixth largest district in the United States-which hires over 1,500 new teachers each year. With 6,000 people moving to Las Vegas each month, Clark County opens six or more schools a year!

Karyn Wright is the director of the three-year new teacher induction program, and she has no intention of seeing her new teachers SURVIVE; they will SUCCEED and STAY. The Clark County attrition rate is well under 10 percent.

The induction program begins with the opening of the New Teacher Welcome Center. Karyn Wright says, "Moving from another state to Nevada can be overwhelming. Many come all by themselves." With that in mind, the welcome center is open for about six weeks, from mid-July to the end of August-providing everything from roommate referrals to information about utility services, banking services, child care, medical services, driver's licensing, and housing options. Local businesses provide an assortment of discounts and small gifts. Experienced teachers are on hand to answer questions about curriculum, school policies, the first paycheck, and a myriad of other new teacher concerns. (See "The Real Needs of New Teachers" on page 61.)

Then, like a high-powered Las Vegas show, the three-year induction program kicks into high gear, providing a whole range of activities and support materials for the new teachers:

  • An orientation program prior to the beginning of the school year
  • A Community Day at a mall, sponsored by local businesses
  • A resource manual, Great Beginnings, with teaching strategies
  • Monthly training sessions in everything from classroom management and student behavior to lesson delivery
  • A teacher-training cadre available for training and assistance
  • On-site mentor-facilitators
  • Monthly newsletters
  • New teacher socials
  • A personal planner for weekly planning
  • An intranet account number and an e-mail address, which
    allow new teachers to
    • Access the new teacher training calendar
    • Read classroom management tips
    • Find curriculum resources
    • View digital photographs of effective classrooms
    • Exchange ideas
    • Chat with new teachers
    • Find friends

In 1996 Clark County began targeting its training toward helping new teachers who work in schools with high poverty and low student achievement. The effort has yielded results. One elementary school that hired 29 new teachers for 1996-97 needed to hire only 11 new teachers for 1998-99. Another school's new hires dropped from 33 to 7 in the same period. Induction more than pays for itself!

For information on this program contact

Karyn Wright
Clark County
School District
2832 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121