Accelerating WELS New Teacher's Practice
WELS New Teacher Induction (NTI) is supported by the Commission on Lutheran Schools and Martin Luther College to assist WELS schools in providing new teachers with the resources they need to succeed. A trained mentor closely walks a new teacher through their first two years of teaching using instructional mentoring punctuated by management seminars and mentor observation. Along this path mentors receive free training in how to encourage discussion and reflection around teaching standards and instructional practice.
The goals of NTI are to improve student academic achievement by supporting the development of new teachers. Research suggests that high-quality induction programs:
- Enhance teacher retention
- Strengthen student achievement
- Develop teacher leadership