The purpose of the MSDE Teacher Induction Program is to create a comprehensive, coherent program that addresses the critical needs of new teachers, improves instructional quality, and helps inductees succeed in their initial assignments, resulting in higher retention of effective teachers in the profession. Maryland will provide a comprehensive, high-quality induction program for new teachers in every school district.
The State Board of Education approved regulations in April 2010 that establish a comprehensive teacher induction program that includes: (1) an orientation program; (2) support from a mentor; (3) observation and co-teaching opportunities; (4) professional development; (5) formative review of new teacher performance; (6) induction program staff; (7) participation by all new teachers; (8) reduced workload for new teachers and mentors, to the extent practical, given fiscal and staffing concerns; and (9) an evaluation model. Beginning no later than the 2011—12 school year, all new teachers must participate in the program until they achieve tenure, and veteran teachers new to a school district must participate for one year.
The Maryland State Department of Education and the New Teacher Center are proud to host the Third Annual Teacher Induction Academy on June 25-27, 2012 at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, MD. Over two hundred and eighty Induction Coordinators and teacher mentors from around the state of Maryland are meeting to gain knowledge and skills in mentoring teachers. The 2013 Teacher Induction Academy features skilled facilitators from the New Teacher Center, small group discussions and collaboration across school districts to build and sustain a consistent induction program for all teachers new to Maryland's school districts.