Development and Implementation of an Online Support System for a Multi-University Novice Teacher Induction Program
Abstract: Recognizing the dire consequences of a 20% novice teacher attrition rate, the Texas State University System (TSUS) was recently awarded a $2.75 million grant from the Houston Endowment to implement a Novice Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) at six TSUS institutions. Universities established partnerships with area school districts and employed newly retired educators as full-time mentors. Novice teacher participants in NTIP were supported by full-time mentors, bi-weekly face-to-face graduate seminars and an online support component. This presentation describes how free web-based tools were used to provide online support to three hundred novice teachers and thirty mentor teachers in six universities and 30 school districts during the novice teachers’ induction year of teaching. Roundtable discussion will share preliminary analysis of discourse communities of novice teachers engaged in highly interactive and collaborative conversations in order to develop greater understandings, and insights into the issues and challenges of the induction year.