Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require effective induction for all new teachers, with special emphasis on teachers in high-needs schools.
As of July 2010, Connecticut requires that all beginning teachers receive mentoring through the Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) program. Beginning teachers participate in the program for either one or two years depending on subject area. Mentors, who are accomplished teachers selected by the school district, are trained to provide instructional support and are expected to spend at least 10 hours on each professional growth module.
TEAM Program Beginning Teacher Manual 2010-2011 http://www.ctteam.org/resources/bt/TEAM_BT_Manual_DRAFT100901.pdf
Expand guidelines to include other key areas.
While still leaving districts flexibility, Connecticut should articulate minimum guidelines for a high-quality induction experience. The state should ensure that new teachers receive support during the critical first few weeks of school, require mentors to be trained in a content area or grade level similar to that of the new teacher and mandate a method of performance evaluation.
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