For the second time, Xavier University is offering Xavier’s New Teacher Academy, a comprehensive induction program supporting the needs of teachers in their first- through fifth-year of teaching. The Academy is a regional program and will be offered at the cost of $100 during the 2012-2013 academic year. Applications are currently being accepted from interested teachers. Please click here for an application or request an application, teachers can contact their school district or the project directors, Teresa Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Delane Bender-Slack (email@example.com).
The Xavier New Teacher Academy will assist elementary and secondary schools in Ohio by accelerating teacher effectiveness for beginning teachers in order to improve student learning. Within the Xavier New Teacher Academy, beginning teachers will become members of a collaborative professional learning community. Participants will attend seven seminars on Xavier’s campus that include active, sustained learning on topics such as Preparing for Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences and Managing the Classroom. Through these meetings, as well as via on-line communication with peer teachers, the Academy will provide a supportive culture to advance teaching practices.
Xavier’s New Teacher Academy supplements the state’s mentoring program, which provides a mentor for beginning teachers. Xavier’s program offers an innovative approach to teacher induction that follows national best practices. Research has demonstrated that programs creating professional learning communities that regularly provide seminars on topics of interest and on-line communication with colleagues appear to be most effective in helping beginning teachers ease the transition during their first years in the profession.