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Tool: Planning for a strong induction program

Question: What steps should our school or district take to create and implement a strong induction program?

Purpose of this tool: This tool is meant to be used by principals, teachers, district administrators and teacher union leaders in planning and implementing strong induction programs.

How to use this tool: If individual schools in your district are responsible for induction, this tool can be used by the principal, experienced teachers, the union representative in the school and others to plan a strong induction program for your school. On the other hand, if your district is planning to implement or revise a district-wide induction program, this tool can be used by district administrators responsible for curriculum; professional development and/or human resources; building principals; and local teacher union representatives to plan a strong district-wide induction program.

Part I. Guiding questions: Before working on one of the planning grids below, you and your colleagues should work together to answer the following questions. Remember, as you proceed, you should provide evidence to substantiate your answers.

Guiding questions

  1. Will your school or district provide orientation to new teachers prior to the start of the school year? If so, what topics will be covered?
  2. How will experienced teachers in your school or district be recruited and selected to serve as mentors?
  3. How will mentors be matched with new teachers in your school or district?
  4. Will mentors go through district or state mentor training?
  5. Will mentors and new teachers have common times during the school day when they can meet?
  6. Will mentors be paid to meet regularly with new teachers in your school or district?
  7. What will you do if a new teacher and a mentor never meet?
  8. Under what circumstances would you assign new teachers to mentor teams?
  9. Will conversations between mentors and new teachers remain confidential? Or will school and district administrators have access to these conversations?
  10. Will new teachers have opportunities to observe mentors and other teachers?
  11. Will there be seminars for new teachers on topics such as classroom management, communicating with parents, analyzing student testing data, etc.?
  12. Will new teachers have regular opportunities to meet with grade-level or subject area colleagues?
  13. Will mentoring and other induction activities for new teachers be connected to the teacher evaluation process in your school or district?
  14. Who will coordinate the induction program in your school or district?

Part II. Induction planning grids

Using the tools from this section and Michigan’s Teacher Induction and Mentoring Standards, complete one of the following planning grids with your colleagues:

1. Planning grid for school-based induction program
2. Planning grid for district-wide induction program