Teacher Induction and a Toolkit for Adult Educators
This brief describes the benefits of teacher induction and the characteristics of comprehensive induction models. The brief also introduces the Adult Education Teacher Induction Toolkit, which can be used to support beginning teachers in developing and strengthening their instruction. The brief describes the purpose of the Toolkit, the roles and responsibilities of the different members of the team that use the Toolkit, the Teacher Induction Pathway through which the team moves with the help of the Toolkit, and the tools that make up the Toolkit.
Teacher induction models that support ongoing dialogue and collaboration among teachers have been shown to result in the greatest growth for adult educators, with an impact beyond that of more traditional professional development like one-shot workshops. This brief provides an overview of teacher induction, outlining the potential benefits of these types of models to the field of adult education. It introduces a field-tested teacher induction model, which was derived from K-12 and adult education research on teacher induction and is intended for use in adult education programs. The brief also summarizes the tools in the Adult Education Teacher Induction Toolkit, providing an understanding of the tools that are available to support programs that choose to undergo this process.
- The table outlining roles and responsibilities within the process and attributes for success helps programs determine what teacher induction entails for participants in three different roles and who to select for participation to increase the likelihood of success of the process.
- The graphic of the Teacher Induction Pathway summarizes the process and illustrates how the various steps relate to one another.
- The table listing the tools in the Adult Education Teacher Induction Toolkit provides a snapshot of what is available in the toolkit.