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IDRA Newsletter, p1,6-9 March 1993

This report outlines and evaluates a project, Teachers Need Teachers (TNT), developed by the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA). TNT is a teacher induction program for first-year teachers who are certified in bilingual education and teach limited-English-proficient students. Beginning teachers are assigned to experienced bilingual education teachers who serve as mentors during the first year of teaching. Novices are required to observe their mentors promptly after the project begins; mentors are encouraged to meet with their beginning teacher at least twice weekly, record each meeting in a log, lend resources, share information, and hold planning and feedback sessions. Analysis of mentors' logs revealed distinct patterns of assistance with varying emphasis at different times during the semester and indicated that teacher feedback and behavior validate the need for support activities and benefits derived from them. The paper concludes with suggestions for induction programs at the district level: provide compensation and perks to the participants; waive appraisals and evaluations during the first year; provide instructional resources for the beginning teacher; and provide released time for observing peer teachers. (LL)

Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Mentors, Program Descriptions, Program Design, School Districts, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Morale, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Shortage

Autor: Gonzales, Frank; Sosa, Alicia Salinas


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