The Necessity of new Teacher Induction and Mentor Programs: Are They Beneficial?
Paul, Jennifer M.
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This paper is designed to give some insight into the problem of teacher retention in this country and the types of solutions that schools are implementing. More specifically, this project takes a look into teacher induction programs. Research shows that these programs make a significant difference in the numbers of teachers that remain in a school system. Programs for new teachers include such things as mentors. Assigning mentors to teachers is not a new requirement, but the level at which these mentors work with their mentees is different from school system to school system. Different methods, such as orientation programs, are many times incorporated with mentor programs. These orientation programs differ significantly from their timing during the year to even their use of outside materials, such as books focusing on teaching philosophies. The depth of these programs varies and the reaction and attitude towards these programs by the teachers follows that path. By looking closely at a school that has a proposed induction plan in the workings and interviewing teachers this project takes a look into the benefits of such a program. By analyzing these responses along with surveys, recommendations can be given for a program. A final analysis concludes that more research needs to be done into this topic, but from my own research and data collected it appears that these programs are definitely needed.