A New Teacher Induction and Mentoring Program
The PROE Center, in collaboration with the Peoria Regional Office of Education, presents Strong Start, a new teacher induction and mentoring program. The intent of this program is to alleviate the training and professional development requirements of teacher induction and mentoring programs for our districts in Peoria County. This allows districts to focus their attention on other avenues of district improvement.
The Strong Start program is grounded in the research-based professional practice of Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, as well as Marzano’s Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning. New teachers who participate in the program will receive strategic support in utilizing research-based instructional practices, creating an effective classroom management system, and developing a classroom culture of learning, in addition to other high-quality professional practices.
The PROE Center staff will work with district program coordinators to assist them in building an internal district structure that allows new teachers and their mentors to meet, collaborate, and observe in one another’s classrooms. Through the Strong Start program, mentors will receive training that will help them support and coach a new teacher in developing the skills associate with the works of Marzano and Danielson. New teachers will participate in a beginning of the year orientation that will assist them walking into the 1st day of school ready and secure. The new teachers will also engage in an on-going professional learning community that meets throughout the year. Participation in networking and targeted professional development encourages continuous growth throughout the year.
New teachers are an investment who do not always leave college prepared for teaching in today’s classrooms. The investment you are making in this individual should lead to a professional equipped to engage in school improvement and to promote academic growth in your students.