Training and Retaining Teachers: Massive Study on the Benefits of Induction
Our analyses show there has been a simultaneous increase in beginners and decrease in veterans. Beginners are now the largest group within one of the largest occupations in the nation, and these beginners have steadily become more prone to quickly leave teachingSo what do we do? Ingersoll believes, and his research seems to support, that the inclusion of systematic induction programs among veterans and first year teachers alike can have a positive impact on retention. In part, his conclusion states:
Induction is an education reform whose time has come. Over the past two decades, there has been a large increase in the number of states, districts, and schools offering support, guidance, and orientation programs. Importantly, the data also indicate that induction can help retain teachers and improve their instruction. The data also show that the kinds and amounts of support vary. And some research suggests that content, intensity, and duration are important: The effect depends on how much induction one gets and for how longMoving Forward: My Thoughts As an educator and a parent, I have to say, this data and this study concerns and puzzles me. I am not a K-12 teacher, so my experience has been very different compared to the people mentioned in this study, though the issues with poor training on the college-level are something to consider as well. So I am concerned about the quality of an educational system full of new hires, or those in their first few years. I understand all that they have to do to stay afloat in the classroom, never mind the political sphere of the teaching profession. Having been in a classroom for over a decade, I can honestly say that I am still perfecting my technique and gaining experience, so how can I trust that my children, that your children, will receive the best education possible if most of their teachers are still learning their craft and not being supported in that learning process? It also occurs to me that, specifically in special education where the demands of the day-to-day are so much greater, these issues must be addressed by administrators and districts alike on an even more severe scale. What are your thoughts?