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July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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A Case for Induction--Keeping New Teachers in the Classroom
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 2:30 PM -3:00 PM
  Author: Duane Merrell, Brigham Young University
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Mentoring from a master teacher during student teaching may be the most important semester in the preparation of a new teacher. But even this mentoring does not prepare a student for what happens during the first year when they have a classroom full of their own students. I want to follow the story of two students who without induction after they graduated most likely would not be teaching now. Retention of these new teachers is as important as training new teachers. I think our role in helping with the mentoring and induction of these new teachers is as important and on par with the efforts that we make to help these students get their teaching licenses. I know these students have graduated from our teacher preparation programs but they still need to see that friendly face, hear that friendly voice. These students just need to know you as their teacher preparation mentor are still there and care. I will try to show how I think that the two students I have talked about above may not be teaching if they had not been confident that a university mentor would help.
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