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INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 61
POLICY CODE: CGI
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner
DATE: March 11, 2002
SUBJECT: New Teacher Induction Pilot Site Participation
I am pleased to inform you that the Teacher Quality Enhancement Project, AARBEC (Advancing the Agenda for Results-Based Certification) is now inviting LEAs to participate in the second round of pilot sites, for school year 2002-2003. This invitation to participate focuses on school district level certification support systems interested in playing a role in the design of Maine’s teacher induction process.
During the current school year (2001-2002), 24 pilot sites across the State have implemented the components of an induction process, including mentoring. Seventy-one new teachers to the profession have been supported and participated in professional development activities designed to meet the needs of the beginning teacher. In their evaluations of project activities, beginning teacher participants in all regions have consistently placed high value on the professional development opportunities designed specifically for them, as well as time dedicated to weekly support and coaching by trained mentors.
Building upon Maine’s existing teacher certification support system, the work of the pilot sites, in conjunction with AARBEC, will result in a statewide teacher support system model, which will provide beginning teachers with high quality, continuous support that is consistent across the State. The induction process, along with demonstration that the 10 Teaching Standards have been met, will be a required component for new teachers seeking professional certification. The ultimate success of this initiative is dependent upon the commitment and participation of local districts. As has been the case so often in the past in the State of Maine, reform efforts have resulted in the greatest success when teachers have been fully and actively involved.
Please consider investing your time and human capital by participating as a pilot site for Maine’s induction process for beginning teachers. I recognize that there are a number of initiatives that are engaging many of you. We must think long-range regarding support of both new and experienced teachers, and create a system that will ensure that support and mentoring occurs equitably across all school districts. At the root of student success are well-prepared teachers who, with support, are more likely to become the high quality teachers we need.
For additional information, please contact Judith Cox, Project Director, at 207-624-6847 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Access the AARBEC website at http://www.maine.gov/education/aarbec/ for RFP and related information.