Suppose there could be a better way to begin teaching.....
The ASSIST website provides a framework for helping novices off to
a strong start in their teaching career. This "strong start" involves
an emphasis on school personnel working together to help a beginning
teacher succeed. Within this model, we imagine beginning teachers deeply
engaged in their work with the guidance of a mentor teacher
- learning together
regarding critical problems of teaching practice;
coaching to develop greater skill and confidence;
professional habits of mind related to inquiry into practice, content,
and student learning; and
with other beginning teachers and their mentors in a larger community
of professional learning.
Within this model the principal provides effective leadership for
implementing a strong induction program in the school, understands
the needs of beginning teachers and mentor teachers, and creates a
school culture that supports collaborative professional learning.
As a result, every beginning teacher feels confident about meeting
the challenges of the first years of teaching. Mentor teachers are
renewed by their own learning and by their sense of making a contribution
to other teachers and to the teaching profession. Principals are satisfied
that beginning teachers are receiving effective support for transition
to the teaching profession and that students of beginning teachers
have strong opportunities for learning.
All these educators have tools and resources easily accessible for
these purposes through ASSIST, which supports them in working together
in a professional learning community where collaboration becomes the
norm of effective educational practice.