- Year 2016
- NSF Noyce Award # 1035455
- First Name Susan
- Last Name Benner
- Discipline Mathematics, Science
Stu Elston, University of Tennessee Knoxville, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Challener, Dan@pefchattanooga.org
Geri Landry, email@example.com
As teaching fellows transition from program completers to novice teachers to skilled teachers, they face many challenges. In order to help these teachers be effective and satisfied as educators, we provide an induction program focused on minimizing problems that often arise for beginning teachers. Some issues prevalent for beginning teachers include: classroom management, motivating students, teaching effectively for the individual differences in students, and need for classroom materials and supplies.
This project benefits beginning teachers by providing support as program completers launch their professional careers. During the induction program, ongoing supports and resources are in place for teachers as they withstand the challenges typical during the beginning years in the classroom. As teachers deal with circumstances, oftentimes challenging circumstances, assistance is in place as support to “lend a helping hand.” The purpose of these supports is to ultimately retain teachers as they grow professionally and as they commit to longevity in the profession.
During the induction program, a program director and district personnel coordinate monthly seminars and classroom visits. During classroom visits, teachers receive feedback and coaching, as well as emotional support. During monthly seminars, teachers have opportunities to share experiences and talk about best practices. Structures are in place for monthly seminars, such as book studies and professional development activities. Other support includes: travel to professional conferences, supplying materials for classrooms, and allowing opportunities to collaborate with other teachers.
The success of our induction support program is overwhelming, thanks to the professionalism of our teachers. Of the 26 graduates who received professional licensure and a master’s degree, 21 remain in the teaching profession. Three of those have entered Ph.D. programs in math and science teacher education. Other accomplishments include: awards for teacher of the year, successful grant funding, and many presentations at local, regional, and national conferences.
Secondary students who have had TEACH/Here graduates as one of their STEM teachers have excelled. These teachers have taken on responsibilities ranging from robotics clubs to science Olympiads. Students complete AP courses and exams as well as other scholarly accomplishments.