Framework for Induction

A comprehensive tiered system of support that includes:

  • induction for the initial and intermediate progressions customized and adapted to county and school contexts;
  • access to opportunities for professional development related to induction that are aligned to identified needs;
  • a focus on topics including but not limited to classroom management, policy and procedure, instructional strategies, content, and professional responsibilities;
  • access to a team of professionals that may include mentors as well as other educators, e.g., content specialists, academic coaches, members of a professional learning community;
  • coordinates support for educators, e.g., mentors, who deliver induction services;
  • accountability and continuous improvement with data collection on impact and perceptions of effective implementation by the state, county and schools.

Clear guidelines for educators providing induction that include:

  • selection based on mastery of teaching
  • demonstrated ability to work well with adults
  • continuously recalibrated for effectiveness
  • manageable caseload
  • specific content and programmatic level
  • supports accomplished performance consistent with the revised evaluation system

Articulated expectations for state, county and schools that align:

  • State - including WVDE, CPD and RESAs
    • WVDE
      • makes resources available for communication;
      • partners with others to provide professional development;
      • develops policy, e.g., who receives support whether based on experience or assignment;
      • provides access to possible models and best practices for a variety of counties;
      • allocates designated resources for effective implementation;
      • reviews county plan and/or policy;
      • evaluates system
    • CPD
      • provides mentor training;
      • conducts Beginning Teacher Academy;
      • collaborates with counties
    • RESAs
      • make resources available for communication;
      • partner with others to provide professional development
  • County
    • develops a plan for teacher induction and support;
    • develop a pool of trained educators that may include mentors who hold the advanced credential to deliver support through induction;
    • monitors and evaluates induction effectiveness;
    • supports flexible, varied professional development identified by educators, e.g., by mentors and mentees, through a data-driven process;
    • allocates time for meaningful interaction, e.g., conferences, observations, co-teaching;
    • develops budget and disburse funds;
    • conducts new teacher orientation
  • School
    • allocates time and resources for meaningful interaction, e.g., conferences, observations, co-teaching, substitutes
    • demonstrates administrator leadership
    • provides school-based orientation
    • supports the county induction program
    • incorporates induction into five-year strategic plan.

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