Prince William County Public Schools
(Framework for Inducting, Retaining, and Supporting Teachers)
The Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation awarded Prince William County Public Schools a $80,000 grant for school year 2010-11 to enhance the Teachers FIRST induction program.
A decade ago, PWCPS developed Teachers FIRST, an induction and mentoring program that has been effective in meeting the needs of many of the newly hired educators. Since its inception, Teachers FIRST has undergone significant revisions and data has shown improvement in program survey data over the last 10 years.
Although significant strides have been made, further modifications will improve the induction curriculum, support structures and training components. The revised Teachers FIRST process includes these components:
- Teachers FIRST orientation
- Collaborative mentoring
- Enhanced mentor training and support
- Embedded professional development
This approach allows the staff of the Office of Professional Development to provide job-embedded training to steering committees in schools. As school-based capacity develops, personnel from mentor teams can be used to assist with training and coaching in implementation phase schools. With a large roll out, this crucial component of mentor development would not be possible.
- Provides a systemic plan to strengthen the instructional practice and professional efficacy of beginning and experienced educators.
- Develops a professional culture of collaboration and shared responsibility.
- Establishes a school community that supports professional learning for all educators in a nurturing and supporting context.
- Endorses a collegial and facilitative participation of administration with shared decision-making and leadership.
- Establishes a school-based mentor team that provides a structure for scaffolding, the induction of beginning teachers.