How Can Schools Help New Teachers?

Education Week American Education News Site of RecordNew data show that new teachers make up a significant segment of the U.S. teaching force, making their ability to thrive (and stay) in the classroom an increasingly critical issue for schools. A new special report from Education Week explores the challenges facing new teachers and the ways schools, colleagues, and other stakeholders can better support them.

The report includes the following pieces:

Looking for More Support, New Teachers Turn to Online Communities

To supplement their school- or district-provided mentoring, many novice teachers are seeking support from online and social media communities.

Induction Program for New Science Teachers Starts With Exploration (Video)

The Exploratorium’s Teacher Induction Program aims to keep new teachers in the classroom by offering access to scientific inquiry and the support of a professional community.

Universities Revamping Teacher Prep to Provide More Hands-On Training

Three universities are developing residency-style teacher-preparation programs in an effort to keep the graduates in the teaching profession, particularly in high-needs schools.


The report also includes the following “First Person” accounts:

What I Learned From My Failures—and Victories—in My First Year Teaching

Managing student behavior can be the top challenge for new teachers. Rachel Thompson shares her three reflections after a year of successes and failures.

Key Questions for New Teachers and Their Schools

Schools can ease new teachers’ anxieties by promoting honest conversation about expectations, culture, and community before the start of the school year, Cristie Watson writes.


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