Monday, January 03, 2005

Center helps districts invest in new teachers

It's a good idea, but it will do nothing for those who leave for financial reasons.
Center helps districts invest in new teachers: All too often, the most promising new teachers in our schools become discouraged at the start of their careers. Without adequate support, they can become isolated, frustrated and ineffective in their classrooms. About one-third of new teachers leave the profession within the first two years. The good news is that many school districts have recognized the need to invest time and resources in their new teachers. Patty Horn, Arizona K-12 Center executive director, is creating partnerships with school districts to help do just that. The center has pooled local and national expertise to address orientation, mentoring, professional development and follow-up programs for new teachers. The goal is to ensure a successful career start.

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