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New Teacher Center Establishes First Ever Industry Standards for Teacher Induction Programs

Teacher Induction Program Standards Guide and Program Evolution Released

The 20th National Symposium

SANTA CRUZ, CA, February 12, 2018 – New Teacher Center (NTC), a national nonprofit focused on improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders, today released its Teacher Induction Program Standards (TIPS) at its 20th National Symposium. Working for the past 20 years to define the characteristics and fundamental elements of an evidence-based high-quality induction program that accelerates the development of both teachers and their students, NTC established the TIPS in an effort to create an industry standard that can be adopted by school districts, educational institutions, state agencies and policymakers as the benchmark for success.

The TIPS were formed to provide a baseline framework for program design, implementation, and evaluation, that can be adapted to work within a range of school districts and programs. Developed using extensive research and practices that have proven to be successful across multiple schools and districts, the TIPS are built on many years of study, consultation, collaboration, and program implementation across many contexts, and are intended to fill a void that has been in the industry for decades.

The TIPS outline several key understandings, discussing the steps needed to establish foundational, structural, and instructional standards for success, and highlighting essential requirements that lay the framework for these standards. This includes the following:

  • The first two to three years of a teacher’s career (induction) is an important and unique phase of teacher development
  • An induction program should be part of a larger system of teacher development, support, accountability, and evaluation
  • Effective induction programs are focused on teaching practice and student learning
  • Processes of formative assessment guide the work of the mentor along with the development of the new teacher
  • A focus on equity and universal access to a quality education characterized by high expectations and meaningful, challenging content are non-negotiable

“NTC is creating a systemic approach to improve the social, emotional, and academic development of every student,” said Jenny Morgan, Vice President of Program Development at New Teacher Center. “Analyzing and revising our program based on district needs, research, and nearly 20 years of our own experience ensures we’re meeting districts’ needs, accelerating educator effectiveness, and increasing student learning.”

With 2018 marking 20 years of dedicated commitment to teachers, students, and school leaders, NTC continues to work toward closing the achievement gap, working alongside its partners to give every student an excellent experience with teachers and school leaders to ensure they reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond. Over time, NTC has dedicated analysis and experience to creating and testing their growth and development programs for educators, leading to the evolution of their teacher induction program, which has been proven to make a difference for both students and teachers. Additionally, they have introduced programs for instructional coaches, school leaders and early learning teachers, all based on the core foundation of their successful mentoring and coaching model.

The TIPS are intended for use across a wide variety of program contexts, including consortia, small and large school districts, Pre-K–17 partnerships, and charter schools. The standards are carefully framed to support maximum impact on teaching and learning, regardless of context.

View the full Teacher Induction Program Standards here.

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About New Teacher Center

New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending education inequalities for all students by accelerating the effectiveness of educators at all levels.

Founded by teachers in 1998, NTC builds capacity within districts and district partners to drive student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and teacher and leadership development. We do this by providing PreK-12 teachers and school leaders with the skills and supports needed to create optimal learning environments that accelerate students’ academic and social emotional success.

NTC is improving the learning of over 2.6 million students, 35,000 teachers, and 7,500 mentors across the country.


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