Loudoun County Teacher Induction Program
The Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation awards Loudoun County Public Schools a grant to enhance the Loudoun Teacher Induction Program.
- Focus: an induction, mentor, and coaching program in which 100 percent of all novice teachers participate.
- Two-day institute prior to start of school year. Two seminars during the school year - one in early November and one in February. Stakeholders involved in the planning and implementation of the first year initiative include LCPS Mentor Specialist, Instructional Coaches, principals, teacher leaders, representatives of the Department of Personnel Services, Public Information Officer, Director of Career and Technology, Staff development Supervisor, Curriculum and Instruction superintendents, representatives from Apple Education Foundation.
- Current Mentor Program - a lead mentor in many schools who coordinates activities with mentors and mentees. Teacher mentors go through an online application process and are screened by building administrators and instructional superintendents. New mentors participate in a training program. Veteran mentors select four hours of professional development that enhance their skills and knowledge. Refresher workshops are offered to mentors who are returning to the program after an absence of two or more years.
- Instructional coaches work with novice teachers and teachers not meeting LCPS expectations. Coaches provide non-evaluative support to help teachers meet established expectations and goals.
- Evaluation includes: session evaluations, interviews of randomly-selected novice teachers, online survey one week after seminars.