In 1998, in response to the growing number of new science teachers in local schools and mindful of how difficult it is to retain new teachers, the Teacher Institute created the Teacher Induction Program. The program is designed to support new science teachers in their first two years of teaching (the Beginning Teacher Program) and to train mentors and classroom coaches to work with the new teachers (the Leadership Program). It’s an alarming fact that more than a third of beginning teachers leave the profession within the first few years. Research indicates that the single most effective way to prevent this exodus is by supporting the beginning teacher in those early years of in the profession.
The Leadership Program
The Exploratorium Leadership Program is a two-year training and support program for alumni of the Teacher Institute who take on the responsibilities of mentoring and coaching novice science teachers in the Exploratorium Beginning Teacher Program. The program includes participation in a 4-week summer Leadership Institute at the Exploratorium.
The goal of the Leadership Program is to train a group of veteran science teachers to apprentice the novice teachers and induct them into the strategies for teaching science using exploration and inquiry. These veterans can choose to work as mentors or coaches. Another equally important objective of the program is to provide our most experienced alumni with opportunities to develop their own leadership skills. The skills they learn in our program not only help the beginning science teachers in the two-year induction program, but these skills are transferable to helping novice science teachers the schools and districts in which they work.
Applying To The Program
Are you an active Teacher Institute alumnus interested in supporting local beginning science teachers? Do you have at least 7 years of science teaching experience? Would you like to become a mentor or a classroom coach?
For an application for the 2009 Leadership Program, click here or contact Modesto Tamez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.