Using Emerging Online Technologies and Strategies to Support Teacher Induction
Friday, March 7 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Location: Royale 1
Abstract: Teacher induction programs (focused on support for those in their first two to three years of teaching) are recognized as an important strategy in keeping teachers in the profession but the quality and substance of such initiatives varies considerably. Online support systems for new teachers are just beginning to emerge, combining established theories of both community development and professional development in new online environments. This panel will highlight three such initiatives and their approach to supporting teacher induction in an online environment: New Teacher Center (University of California, Santa-Cruz), Illinois New Teacher Collaborative (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and the BRIDGE - Building Resources: Induction and Development for Georgia Educators (University of Georgia). Each panelist will share an overview of their project including project goals, models/approaches being utilized, and what they are learning from their work.