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Benefits of strong induction programs

Research increasingly documents the benefits of organized induction programs to new and veteran teachers, principals and students. Studies show that strong induction programs significantly increase the retention rates of new teachers. Overall, new teachers involved in induction are twice as likely to stay in teaching than those not involved. Where induction assistance is most effective there is a 92% lower chance of beginning teachers leaving to go to another school or leaving the profession altogether. Some studies also indicate that beginning teachers involved in induction programs had fewer discipline problems and engaged their students in more complex learning than did their peers who were not provided a comprehensive program.

The benefits of strong induction programs for...

Beginning teachers
Mentor teachers
Principals
Students
Improved knowledge and classroom performance Renewed commitment to their own teaching and learning Decrease in student discipline problems More equitable distribution of learning opportunities
Enhanced competence in managing discipline problems Renewed commitment to their students’ learning Improved teacher morale and collegiality More opportunities for racially and ethnically diverse students 
Increased awareness of state and local curriculum standards Renewed commitment to their colleagues’ learning Increased staff stability Higher learning expectations for all students
Improved ability to relate to parents Increased job satisfaction Strengthening of teacher leadership for school improvement Higher-order instruction and more complex learning tasks for all students
More academically effective use of classroom time Adoption of school and professional leadership roles Improvements in student learning  
Enhanced feelings of competency, support and motivation      


References:

Gless, J., & Moir, E. (2001). When veteran meets novice. Journal of Staff Development 22(1), 62, 64.

Moir, E., & Gless, J. (2001). Quality induction: An investment in teachers. Teacher Education Quarterly, 28 (1), 54-56.

Shen, J. (1997). Teacher retention and attrition in public schools: Evidence from SASS91. The Journal of Educational Research, 91(2), 81-88.

Ingersoll, R. M. & Smith, T. M. (2004). What are the effects of induction and mentoring on beginning teacher turnover? NASSP Bulletin, 88 (March), 28-40.

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