The Dane County New Teacher Project (DCNTP) brings guidance, training and support to school districts as they develop new teacher induction programs.
Formed as a pilot project in 2002, the DCNTP is a consortium of districts that collaborates to meet and exceed the induction and mentoring requirements of PI-34. We are led by Board Members and District Council Representatives who are carefully selected from among teachers, administrators and district office personal to represent well the broad range of differences in Dane County. We know that district needs differ greatly depending on their size, location, and mentoring models, and our Board and District Council helps us to build strong induction programs within and across districts.
The DCNTP is above all a learning organization, and we’ve learned with and from our member districts, from local and state professional organizations, and especially from the New Teacher Center (NTC), a nationally recognized induction organization. Recognized nationally and internationally, NTC provides exceptional training and support programs that dramatically improve retention rates while accelerating the practice of new teachers, mentors and principals.
To fulfill our mission, the Dane County New Teacher Project offers high quality professional development and services to its member districts, including the following:
- Quarterly District Council Meetings, where Program Leaders from a variety of induction programs share best practices related to district induction and mentoring needs.
- Focused, in-district consultations tailored to the assessed needs of individual districts, and facilitated by Tom Howe, DCNTP Chair and Senior Program Consultant, New Teacher Center.
- Participation for three DCNTP members in the National Teacher Induction Network (NTIN), where more than 30 induction programs from across the nation come together and share their successes and challenges.
- An opportunity to attend the New Teacher Center’s Annual Induction Symposium in February, the largest conference in the world dedicated solely to induction and mentoring.
- Regular electronic communication through separate newsletters for Beginning Teachers, Mentors, Principals, and Induction Program Leaders.
- Discounted training fees for the NTC Mentor Professional Development series, specially adapted for Wisconsin Teacher Standards.
- A Beginning Teacher Seminar series, providing just-in-time learning for our newest colleagues.
- Mentor Refreshers for trained mentors returning to mentoring after a hiatus.
- Release Mentor Forums to support the unique needs of those working with multiple beginning teachers.
- Principal Breakfasts that encourage administrative support for induction programs.
A listing of our current member districts is located here.