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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.

“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 leads to 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 ·
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