Online Teacher Induction Programs: Efforts in Teacher Retention
Abstract: This paper presents a review of the literature pertaining to online teacher induction programs, and a study in progress of an online environment for a beginning teacher cohort. Induction programs for beginning teachers are common, as states, schools, and programs seek to retain teachers in the profession by providing mentoring support. However, online programs are less common: eight major studies were reviewed and examined. Generally, online programs utilize discussion forums, e-mail list-servs, or a combination of the two. Teachers reported lessened feelings of isolation, increased peer support, and the availability of additional resources. However, the learning environments inhibited participation, relied upon a single form of interaction, and were not integrated into the formal induction program at the school district. The present study explores the implementation of an online support program for recent graduates of a scholarship program beginning their first year of teaching mathematics or science in rural Appalachia.