How Can Schools Help New Teachers?

How Can Schools Help New Teachers?

New data show that new teachers make up a significant segment of the U.S. teaching force, making their ability to thrive (and stay) in the classroom an increasingly critical issue for schools.

In your view, how well do schools support new teachers? What could they, along with experienced teachers, do to help new teachers better adapt to the profession? What, in your experience, makes a difference?

This discussion is part of a special report on new teacher support, produced with support from the Joyce Foundation.

Schools need to do more to support new teachers, including focusing on their potential rather than their shortcomings, Rachel Thompson writes.


A mentor can provide the help and hope that can make all the difference for new teachers, Lisa Dabbs writes.


Call me naive, but I firmly believe that if we can boldly move away from the top-down models that were designed for a different era and embrace what has been proven to work dynamic organizations both in and out of education, then we will be able to hire and retain more new teachers into a profession that so desperately needs them.


As educators, we know that students need to be in a caring collaborative culture where they have daily opportunity to experience feelings of success. We must establish the same culture for educators.


During new teachers' "disillusionment phase" in October and November, it's critical for experienced teachers to be honest about how tough teaching can be, Roxanna Elden writes.


The opinions expressed in Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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