I was pleased to recently learn that an article on new teacher induction I co-wrote with Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh of WKU's School of Teacher Education will appear in an upcoming issue of Principal Leadership magazine.
Principal Leadership is the official magazine of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and is distributed to members nationwide. Our article, "Escalating New Teacher Effectiveness: School and District Programs to Support New Teachers," is tentatively planned for the March 2014 issue. (I previously co-authored with Dr. Stobaugh on a research study about coaching protocols for enhancing school principals' instructional leadership).
Our Principal Leadership article explores the importance of building-level new teacher induction programs, and the vital linkage between school and district induction activities. In states like Kentucky where we have well-established internship programs for first-year teachers, it is sometimes easy to overlook the importance of orienting new teachers to the expectations, routines, and cultures of their specific schools and districts. Thoughtful district leaders develop intentional programs for new faculty orientation that address the needs of every new teacher, not just those who are in their first year of service. Beyond that, effective leaders recognize that induction is not simply a one-year event, but a part of on-going coaching, feedback, and professional growth and development for teachers throughout their careers. This is a leadership imperative that must be address at both the school and district levels.
I'll post more information, including a link to the issue, when the article formally appears in Principal Leadership magazine.