- Year 2023
- NSF Noyce Award # 2050676
- First Name Bryant
- Last Name Cooper
- Institution California State University, Northridge
- Role/Position Teacher in Residence
- Workshop Category Track 1: Scholarships and Stipends
- Workshop Disciplines Audience STEM Education (general)
- Target Audience Co-PIs, Evaluators/Education Researchers, Noyce Master Teachers, Noyce Teaching Fellows, Other Faculty/Staff, Project PIs, Undergraduate and/or Graduate Noyce Scholars
- Topics Developing Teacher Leaders, Program Management and/or Sustainability, Recruiting with Retention in Mind, Supporting New Teachers/Induction
- Session Length 45 minutes minutes
1. Share best practices for new teacher programs at school sites. 2. Give concrete ideas for workshops and professional development activities that schools should offer for new teachers. 3. Share tips on how to create an environment that fosters collaboration and retention of teachers.
Working with new teachers for the past decade, I have facilitated growth in areas that include classroom management, time management, and workload. I have shared my successes and areas of growth over the years and found common themes that challenge new teachers. Teacher burnout has been studied and the most recent research suggests that burnout stems from a lack of support and appreciation at a teacher’s job site. My work with new teachers matches the research. Teachers share that having our Noyce Program and me, the Teacher in Residence, greatly helps them because they feel supported and less alone navigating everything from a new school site and school culture to which of the numerous teaching resources to use.
As a Teacher in Residence at California State University Northridge, I have the opportunity to work with new teachers while they are in the Credential Program through their first years of teaching. New teachers consistently share that they are overwhelmed by numerous meetings and professional development activities that take time from their busy teaching schedules. They also report that having a support system where they can ask questions is imperative. In this session, I will share how I assist new teachers with time management tips, effective lesson planning, and social-emotional support. I will provide tips on how to assist teachers as they make their new classrooms their own, create classroom management procedures and use resources, including technology such as GeoGebra, that fit their personalities and teaching styles. I will also describe how I guide new teachers toward education conferences and help them maximize the sea of resources that are provided. Throughout the session, I will share how teachers, administrators, and others can assist new teachers by focusing on what the new teachers want and need, with the goal of creating highly effective teachers who are always learning and reducing teacher burnout.