Effective Staff Development

October 2010 Resources updated, April 2013NICHCY is pleased to offer you this page of resources focused primarily upon staff development for teachers (both general and special educators) and the paraprofessionals who assist them in the classroom. Whether you're a school administrator responsible for the professional development of others, or a teacher or a paraprofessional looking after your own professional development, we hope you'll find information … [Read more...]

Recruiting and Retaining Teachers

October 2010 Revised May 2013 Volumes have been written about the challenge of recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers in general and special education. Shortages of qualified educators have long been a serious concern for school systems, especially in rural areas and in low-performing, high-need schools. To help you take on the challenges of recruiting and retaining teachers in general and special education, here's a wealth of resources … [Read more...]

Mentoring New Teachers

Additional resources for Recruiting and Retaining Teachers October 2010Updated, May 2013 “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” – Japanese ProverbMentoring teachers who are new to the profession is frequently mentioned as an effective strategy for improving both new teachers' skills and the likelihood that they will stay in the profession. A lot has been written about the merits of creating a community … [Read more...]

Retaining and developing high-quality new teachers

The executive summary of Tapping the Potential: Retaining and Developing High-Quality New Teachers states that "There is no question that the implementation of effective, comprehensive induction can make a critical difference in our schools’ ability to attract and retain high-quality teachers" (p. 5). The report looks at what an comprehensive induction program for new teachers is, and what it is not. The bulk of the report focuses on the components … [Read more...]

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