Mentors assist new teachers with student diversity : a model induction program facilitated by mentors and coaches

This project examined the components of successful teacher induction programs, most specifically mentoring, support group meetings, and peer collegiality. The focus of this project was on assisting teachers with their incredibly diverse student populations. Diversity was defined as variations in academic achievement and ability, socioeconomic status, and ethnic and linguistic backgrounds, The goal of the program was to foster teachers' use of varied and 'best practice' instructional strategies and to increase new teacher retention, while acknowledging and accommodating the developmental stages through which novices pass during their induction years. The literature reviewed showed the successes experienced by model induction program participants. Features from many of these models were replicated in the creation of this model.