Montclair State University New Teacher Induction Program: Retaining and Sustaining Teachers
Montclair State University’s New Teacher Induction Program is a comprehensive system of support provided to beginning teachers in their first 3 years in the classroom. This program includes Coaching and Mentoring, Targeted Professional Development, and Strategic Networking. Through the Montclair State University New Teacher Induction Program, we strive to prepare excellent teachers; increase teacher retention rates; and ultimately improve student engagement and teacher effectiveness. For more information, please contact Montclair State University Induction Coordinator, Rhena Jasey-Goodman.
Why is induction important?
Induction contributes to high retention rates for teachers. In our work, 95% of the teachers who participated in the New Teacher Induction Program remained in education for three years or more; and 78% remained in education for five years or more. According to the NJDOE, 40%-50% of educators leave within the first five years, and it is greater in areas of high poverty and high needs. That means induction matters!
What is New Teacher Induction?
Induction is a bridge that connects educational theory (learned by teacher candidates during their preparation) to practice and implementation in classrooms after graduation. It helps teachers stay true to their values and the values of the teacher education program when they enter the classroom and begin to navigate the expectations and culture of their school district. The goal is to provide the resources, tools, and strategies they need to implement the ideas and theories they learned while students at Montclair State University – this leads to retention and fulfillment and joy in the classroom as they work to meet the diverse needs of the students they teach.
How does the New Teacher Induction Program work?
The New Teacher Induction Program provides three years of tailored support based on the needs of the teachers, schools and district in achieving their goals for P-12 learners. Strong induction support helps ensure that our teachers develop into effective and engaging professionals for their students.
The Program consists of three main components:
Coaching & Mentoring
First year teachers are matched with Induction Coaches and assigned to School-Based Induction Mentors who collaborate to provide individualized in-person support in the new teachers’ classrooms.
Targeted Professional Development
First, Second, and Third year teachers participate in professional development opportunities that directly relate to their needs as new teachers and provide strategies and ideas that can be implemented immediately.
Teachers in our Induction Program engage in activities designed to support teachers to develop their networks across schools and classrooms since we have found that the more connections teachers have to other teachers and professionals in education, the more likely they are to remain in education.
- Weekly Coaching
- School-Based Mentoring
- Targeted PD: Lesson Planning, Classroom Management, Routines & Procedures, Differentiated and Tiered Instruction, Navigating Teacher Evaluations
- Teacher Development Showcase: Mindful Reflection Protocol and Letter of Advice and Lessons Learned
- Targeted Coaching as needed
- Targeted Coaching as needed
- Targeted PD: Optional Sessions based on ongoing feedback. Ex: Collaborating with your Paraprofessional; Supporting the Multilingual Learner; Assessment and Feedback; Building Equitable Learning Communities & Identifying Avenues for Social Justice Exploration; Understanding, Expressing, and Regulating Emotions in the Classroom; Leveraging the Community; Time Management & Prioritizing
- Teacher Development Showcase: Inquiry for Social Justice Project
- Teacher Development Showcase: Social Justice Leadership Project
- Induction Teacher Professional Development Strands: Wellness/Self-Care, Social Justice, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Instruction/Pedagogy, Social and Emotional Learning, Preparation for End of Year Presentations (Teacher Development Showcase: Stories of Educational Impact and Social Justice)
- Examples of Targeted Professional Development Optional Sessions: Collaborating with your Paraprofessional; Supporting the Multilingual Learner; Assessment and Feedback; Building Equitable Learning Communities & Identifying Avenues for Social Justice Exploration; Understanding, Expressing, and Regulating Emotions in the Classroom; Leveraging the Community; Time Management & Prioritizing
Who is eligible to participate in the Montclair State University New Teacher Induction Program?
All graduates of the Urban Teacher Residency (UTR), Newark Teacher Project (NTP), and NOYCE Scholarship grant programs are eligible to participate in the New Teacher Induction Program. Teachers from these programs commit to teach in high needs schools and in exchange receive comprehensive induction support for their first 3 years of teaching.
While the New Teacher Induction Program is not open to all Montclair State University teacher graduates, teacher education program alumni have access to induction support and professional development through the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal (MSUNER), and are invited to become MSUNER Associates.
What new teacher induction support is available to Montclair State University graduates?
All teacher education program alumni have access to induction support and professional development through the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal (MSUNER), and are invited to become MSUNER Associates.
What Induction Support is available to MSUNER partner school districts?
Montclair State University New Teacher Induction Program provides professional development for novice teachers in MSUNER partner school districts, as well as professional development for the school based teacher induction mentors assigned to novice teachers as part of the provisional teacher program in New Jersey.
Watch our full New Teacher Induction Program video here!
“Retaining High Quality Educators: MSU Induction Program for Novice Teachers”
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