Now Online: A Sense of Belonging

August 27th, 2009

It took losing several new teachers for me to take a hard look at how we were supporting new teachers within our school…All their energy went into survival. All my energy went into helping them with the bare essentials of reading and writing workshops. It was clear that these new teachers were not getting the depth and richness of purposeful support that they needed to survive in the classroom.

In her new book, A Sense of Belonging, literacy specialist and coach Jen Allen offers school leaders a road map for providing new teachers with relevant, purposeful, and systematic support as they tackle the challenges of their first months and years.

A Sense of Belonging Through school-wide structures—mentoring, monthly new-teacher release days, and study groups—principals, coaches, and mentors can build an institutional foundation that helps new teachers survive day-to-day dilemmas while sustaining long-term professional learning. You’ll see how to create opportunities for new teachers to collaborate and learn from each other, observe other teachers, make the most of student assessments, and plan curriculum.

A Sense of Belonging serves as a model of a successful teacher induction program that develops and retains skilled, thoughtful, and committed teachers and integrates them into a collaborative learning community.

Print copies of A Sense of Belonging will start shipping early next month, and we’ve just posted the entire text for previewing online!

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