Student learning increased by up to five months with NTC induction model

Released June, 2017 Students gain up to five months of additional learning when new teachers receive high-quality mentoring New Teacher Center’s Induction Model Proven to Increase Student Achievement, According to New U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) Results Click here for press release.  

September 18, 2017

Second grade social studies folder in Sun Prairie classroom

Kristin Murcott and the value of being mentored

You might think visiting the second-grade classroom of a second-year teacher in the middle of a science lesson—at the end of the day near the end of the school year, no less—would be a bit chaotic. But if you’re talking about Kristen Murcott of C.H. Bird Elementary in Sun Prairie, that would be wrong. Murcott, … Read More »

May 16, 2017

Mentoring transformed Marc Heuer’s teaching practice

“Do you like helping Mr. Heuer with things like greeting visitors?” I asked the student who met me at the office of McFarland’s Indian Mound Middle School. Smiling to herself, she leaped into one big skip. “I love Mr. Heuer,” she said reverently and skipped again before opening the door to his classroom. Heuer’s class … Read More »

May 2, 2017

Marc Heuer

Presentations from Symposium 2017 at District Council April 24

Come to District Council on April 24 and learn from colleagues who attended NTC’s Induction Symposium. They’ll present specific tools, protocols, ideas or processes, and we’ll reflect on their application in our districts. (2:00 – 4:00 pm, Monona Grove District Office, 5301 Monona Drive) Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, Part 1  Intended audience:  Administrators … Read More »

April 4, 2017

Description of New Teacher Center PLS for Mentors and Instructional Coaches

The Professional Learning Series (PLS) for mentors and coaches differs in stance and language use, but content is nearly identical. PLS 1: Instructional Mentoring (Instructional Coaching 1: Formative Assessment). Employ the roles, language, and stances of effective instructional mentoring; build collaborative, trusting relationships with and among beginning teachers; use the Collaborative Assessment Log to assess and … Read More »

January 3, 2017

Professional development makes a difference…if it’s good

One-off, disjointed professional development programs do very little to improve teaching practice. Teachers agree that a successful program means not only learning through seminars or one-on-one coaching, but also demonstrating these learnings to their coaches, practice, and receiving feedback with follow-up. This blog post by Lynn Kepp of the New Teacher Center explains. CHANGE THE ODDS BY REIMAGINING … Read More »

November 18, 2016

Change the odds by re-imagining teacher professional development

Scholarships available for Symposium 2017

Apply for a scholarship to the 2017 New Teach Center Induction Symposium, February 12-14, to be held in San Francisco. DCNTP is offering two scholarships, which include airfare, hotel, and the symposium fee. The deadline is November 1, and winners will be announced by December 1. Check out  the pdf instructions, fill out your information and … Read More »

October 5, 2016

New Teacher Center 2017 Symposium graphic small

Student Learning Improves with NTC Supported Teachers

New I-3 Research Shows Student Achievement Gains Continue with NTC Support Third party research results help the New Teacher Center understand what’s working — and what’s not — to improve student learning, teacher retention and teacher effectiveness.

August 18, 2016

New Teacher Center logo

A Madison Mentor’s Blog: Excellence with Equity

Nichole VonHaden, a full-release Madison Metropolitan School District mentor, writes a blog about supporting beginning teachers’ success with MMSD’s core value “excellence with equity.” Her blog appears on the website Teaching Tolerance: a Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

April 25, 2016

Nichole VonHaden, Madison Metropolitan School District mentor

Presentations from Symposium 2016 at District Council on April 18

Bring a team of three to five people to District Council on April 18 to hear the latest thinking from national experts on induction-related topics like improving student achievement, empowering teachers, and shifting the focus of classroom management to ownership. Symposium attendees will present mini-versions of selected sessions from this year’s New Teacher Center Induction Symposium, held February … Read More »

March 17, 2016

2014-15 Annual Report

For a great overview of the Dane County New Teacher Project, read our Annual Report 2014-15. It’s organized around our purpose, and is a good resource for member districts to use when explaining what their induction programs require to be successful, both in terms of professional development and dynamic, supported learning communities.

January 8, 2016

Dane County New Teacher Project Annual Report 2014-15

Mentoring Toward Equity

A mentor writes about techniques to help new teachers see pathways of success for all of their students in this thoughtful blog post from the Teaching Tolerance website.

October 21, 2015

Teaching Tolerance logo

First Aid in Your First Month

Immediate help for beginning teachers to improve their teaching practice was the focus of the first of six seminars scheduled for this year, starting on October 1. Teachers from nine school districts sat at tables with colleagues in similar grade levels, taking turns with a partner to talk about hard-to-handle issues, like “My students act out–they have no interest in the lesson,” “Transitions are … Read More »

October 6, 2015

Scholarships available for Symposium 2016

Apply for a scholarship to the New Teach Center Induction Symposium, February 21-23, 2016, to be held in Bellevue, Washington. DCNTP is offering three scholarships, which include airfare, hotel, and the symposium fee. The deadline is November 1, and winners will be announced by December 1. Download the pdf instructions , complete questions, and send to Shirley … Read More »

September 28, 2015

2016 New Teacher Center Symposium on Teacher Induction

“Everyone struggles; mentors can help”

Ingrid Rodenbeck is very good at her job as a program support teacher and mentor for special education at Thoreau and Falk elementary schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). She knows there’s always more to learn, but says “If I take time out from school to go to a meeting or seminar, it … Read More »

July 1, 2015

Ingrid Rodenbeck

Results of strategic planning meeting, May 28-29, 2015

DCNTP board members came especially prepared and willing to tackle making a plan for the next few years at the two-day strategic planning retreat in May (agenda here).  That’s because all seven of them attended the 2015 New Teacher Center (NTC) Symposium on Teacher Induction in San Francisco. Their deepened understanding of how to build a good … Read More »

June 17, 2015

Ten reasons to have a high-quality induction program

From the New Teacher Center during Teacher Appreciation Week: Ten reasons to have a high-quality induction program

May 21, 2015

Presentation Skills Workshop

About 20 DCNTP mentors polished their presenting skills with the workshop “Designing and Presenting Professional Development for Beginning Teachers” on March 11 and 12, presented at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education in Waunakee. Tom Howe of the DCNTP and Marc Heuer of McFarland facilitated, but before they could get to work teaching the finer points … Read More »

March 19, 2015

Welcome to "Designing and Presenting Professional Development"

Great teachers are made, not born

People who are curious, motivated learners receiving support and on-the-job training can continuously improve their teaching and become very skilled. On a Facebook post yesterday, the New Teacher Center featured an article by Liam Goldrick to highlight the tide of enthusiasm among educators for what’s possible in their profession as they attended the last day of the 2015 Induction … Read More »

February 25, 2015

Mentor workshop materials for analyzing student work

A snowy night for PDP Part One

Despite the cold and snowy weather, nearly half of the 92 beginning teachers who registered for the January 8, 2015 seminar on the PDP (professional development plan) braved the miserable conditions to attend. Teresa Voss and Jen Murphy, both of Verona Area School District, facilitated the session, first of two on the PDP process for Wisconsin educator licensing. They emphasized … Read More »

January 21, 2015

The snowy, cold weather with accompanying bad driving conditions kept many beginning teachers from attending the January 8, 2015 seminar on the PDP Process, Part One.

District Council induction program success and tools at December 8, 2014 meeting

The room starts to hum at District Council when representatives from districts with similar mentor models meet in small group discussion. Madison staff, in their first year of a full release mentor program, were excited to hear about the advantages of using a very short second year cycle of observation from Sun Prairie, where a full release mentor … Read More »

January 20, 2015

Andrew Bridell and Peter Kuzma of Monona Grove identify particular strengths of their induction program at the December 8, 2014 District Council meeting.

NTC events build individual, district, and DCNTP success

“Between now and 2020, 1.5 million new teachers will be hired. In five years!”* Barb Sramek of Marshall shook her head at this statistic as she and other DCNTP board members began evaluating scholarship applications for the New Teacher Center Symposium on Induction at the DCNTP board meeting on December 9, 2014. Enthusiasm for their task was especially … Read More »

January 16, 2015

“You are change agents for equity”

During Day 2 of “Using Data to Inform Instruction,” participants were reminded of a powerful aspect of their role: commitment to mentoring and coaching means becoming a change agent for equity. At the New Teacher Center workshop held December 2-3, Marc Heuer, Tom Howe, and Heather Lott led sixty-one mentors and coaches through ways to analyze student work  in order to … Read More »

December 8, 2014

Poster from NTC workshop "Using Data to Inform Instruction"

Snapshots from “Assessing Student Learning,” November 6

How do you know if, and what, your students are learning? The beginning teacher seminar in Fitchburg on November 6 focused on techniques to assess student learning, including determining the difference between summative and formative assessment. 80 beginning teachers were present.                    

November 13, 2014

Group smarts at the DCNTP Board meeting October 28

“Some groups are smarter than others,” “Selecting a smart team,” and “How do you raise a group’s IQ?” are a few topics the DCNTP Board explored when they met on October 28. It turns out that the key to all of the above is not groups composed of a bunch of brilliant people. Instead, it’s a set of people who … Read More »

November 12, 2014

Apply for a Scholarship to the NTC Symposium in San Francisco

The DCNTP is offering two scholarships to the NTC National Symposium on Teacher Induction, February 22-24, in San Francisco. If you are a teacher leader, mentor, principal or district administrator, download the application and information sheet and apply by Friday, December 5. People who’ve attended say they return with a deeper understanding of, and commitment to, … Read More »

November 10, 2014

Thank you note

As a mentor, you’ve seen this…

Take a few minutes to click through the current issue of eReflections from the New Teacher Center. Whether you are or are not familiar with Ellen Moir’s article about the phases new teachers go through, reading it will affirm your work as a mentor. Also be sure to read the first person narrative she refers to authored by a teacher … Read More »

November 4, 2014

Phases of First-Year Teachers' Attitude Toward Teaching from the New Teacher Center

Get more support for your induction program

At the District Council meeting on September 29, Tracy Deavers of the Edgerton School District  said she had a wake-up call after shared discussion with other districts about where their program stood on the continuum of high quality mentoring and induction. “We communicate well with mentors, but nothing to the school board, rest of the teachers, … Read More »

October 29, 2014

Tracy Deavers, Director of Teaching and Learning, Edgerton School District

2014 Evaluation Survey Results

Click here for complete data from the DCNTP spring 2014 member program evaluation survey

October 28, 2014

Fixing the Leaky Bucket: Teacher Recruitment or Retention

August 1, 2014–Ellen Moir, founder and CEO of the New Teacher Center, in the Huffington Post / Fixing the Leaky Bucket: Teacher Recruitment or Retention?

October 2, 2012

Mentor Tensions: Transitioning to a New Role

September 15, 2014– Mentor Tensions: Transitioning to a New Role:
Good teachers learn a new set of skills when they become mentors.

August 30, 2012