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Why induction programs?

Good induction programs matter. They matter…

  • For retaining new teachers
  • For increasing job satisfaction among teachers
  • For improving the quality of teaching.

Too many new teachers are leaving the profession because they receive inadequate support, are overwhelmed with management concerns and feel they have little voice in how decisions are made.

The induction years – typically seen as the first 3 years in a teaching position – should be recognized by states and school districts as a distinct phase in learning to teach and in teachers’ career development. In Michigan, for example, the State Board of Education adopted Teacher Induction and Mentoring Program Standards in January 2004. Effective induction programs will contribute significantly to teacher retention, teachers’ job satisfaction and teaching quality.

ASSIST provides support for this phase of teachers’ learning and professional development. ASSIST tools and resources help beginning teachers, experienced teachers, principals and other district administrators to work together in a professional learning community in which collaboration becomes the norm of practice.


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