The Dane County New Teacher Project (DCNTP) is a consortium of 17 school districts in Wisconsin. DCNTP supports beginning educators to accelerate their effectiveness and stay in the profession so every student has access to an excellent education. DCNTP aligns its vision and mission with the New Teacher Center:
Vision: We believe that every student, from preschool through high school, deserves an excellent and equitable education that empowers them to reach their full potential in classrooms, communities, and beyond.
Mission: We work to disrupt the predictability of educational inequities for systemically underserved students by accelerating educator effectiveness.
The goal of this project is to increase job satisfaction and retain educators of color in their current districts. DCNTP districts are majority white districts who have established consistent support for majority white educators by white educators, and far less consistent specific support for their educators of color by educators of color. Research on retention of staff of color continues to point to the unique needs that extend beyond what is offered in current mentoring programs.
Partners will specifically support new educators of color in DCNTP districts to increase job satisfaction and retention in their current district.
Responsibilities will include working with new educators to:
- Safely process experiences of educators of color within a majority white system.
- Provide personal support and build a community that sustains beyond the school.
- Share insights about the culture of the area based on lived experiences.
- Problem-solve to address racial injustices impacting the new educator.
- Work toward decisions that have a direct impact and eliminate barriers.
- Strengthen the professional skills of both the partner and the new educator.
- Maintain open and ongoing communication with the DCNTP Chair and other stakeholders as necessary.
- Maintain confidentiality.
Skills and experience
- Current employee of a DCNTP member district
- At least 3 years of experience as a licensed educator prefered
- Experience in successfully navigating racially complex professional situations
- Skill in influencing the system for social justice (being seen and heard and seeing a response)
- Problem-solving with a solutions-based lens
- Knowledge of current work (historical and new authors) related to equity and racial justice in education
Training and Support for Partners:
- Summer planning and training (20 hours)
- Monthly check-ins (10 hours)
- This position is limited to July 1, 2021 – May 30, 2022.
- Once hired, candidates will attend all 30 hours of training and support for the position.
- Work is estimated to require 20 hours of summer planning/training followed by 17 hours per month August 2021 – May 2022, including:
- Partner with 4 new educators. Meet up to 2 hours per month with each new educator.
- Use up to 2 hours per month per new educator for planning and follow-up, including a quarterly meeting with the entire cadre of new educators in the program.
- Meet 1 hour monthly with the DCNTP Chair and the other Partners.
$47.00 per hour – Both the Racial Inclusion Partners and the New Educators will submit a timesheet. It is estimated that each position will include up to (and not exceed) the following:
Racial Inclusion Partner: 190 hours = $9,614.00
- Summer training/development (20 hours)
- 10 Monthly 1-hour meetings with DCNTP Chair Aug 2021 – May 2022 (10 hours)
- Planning and direct contact with new educators Aug 2021 – May 2022 (16 hours/month)(160 hours)
New Educator: 24 hours = $1214.40
- Partnership meetings: 2 hours per month x 10 months (August – May) (20 hours)
- New Educator Cadre Quarterly Meetings (4 hours)
Hiring Process for Racial Inclusion Partners:
A hiring committee made up of at least 2 committee members, 2 board members, and the Chair will screen and interview candidates.
Interested candidates can submit application materials to Dan Eckhardt, DCNTP Project Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Materials are due by end of day June 15, 2021 and should include:
- Cover Letter
- Current Resume
- 2 references (names and contact information)
Which New Educators can participate in the partnership?
- Any new educator within the first 3 years of their career.
- Employed by a DCNTP member district.
- Participating new educators will be compensated for their participation at a rate equal to the Partners ($47.00/hour)
Outreach for New Educators:
- Program Leaders and Superintendents will receive information about the program in June-July.
- Beginning Educators will complete a form available on the DCNTP website.
- 12 candidates will be selected by August 20.
- Selected by lottery on August 21: one new educator per district, then additional new educators until all 12 slots are filled.
- Racial Inclusion Partnerships will form for self-identified educators of color.
Program Evaluation Plan:
The following will influence adjustments to the program and recommendations for future improvements.
- Ongoing monthly meetings with Partners
- Quarterly New Educator Cadre Meetings
- Periodic surveys of participants and other stakeholders
- Retention data of participating educators
Special thanks to the following colleagues for their time, energy, and clear, visionary thinking in the development of this project:
- DCNTP Design Team – Rainey Briggs (MCPASD), Ronald Cato (SPASD), Laura Love (MCPASD), Tim Mommaerts (WCSD), Annabel Torres (MMSD), Clarissa Williams (NTC), Danyelle Wright (MGSD), Heather Lott (DCNTP)
- Exploratory conversation with Black Educator Network (BEN)
- Educators of Color Panelists from MCPASD, MMSD, SPASD, and NTC