The UMKC School of Education’s division of Continuing and Professional Education, in collaboration with the School of Education academic divisions of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, and Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations; the UMKC Regional Professional Development Center; and contributing UMKC charter schools, has created a New Teacher Induction (NTI) program designed to address schools’ need for induction and initial hours of ongoing support for first year teachers or those new to the district per DESE and KSDE requirements.
The NTI program incorporates the Missouri and Kansas Educator Evaluation processes as a foundation and expands outward to meet or exceed the underlying mission to improve student achievement and increase teacher retention.
The program will deliver a series of three courses over the academic school year.
The initial course will introduce and expand teachers’ understanding of educational philosophy, law and best practices in the teaching profession. This will be implemented through an annual conference titled Induction of New Teachers into Urban Education (INTUE), where teachers will receive 15 clock hours of planned and directed continuing education activities. The conference is expected to draw 100 new teachers from Missouri and Kansas, their mentors, and/or school administrators.
The NTI program is designed to create a community of practitioners; thereby, experts in the field, educational specialists and school leaders are invited to join in the collaborative efforts to create a foundation and support system for new teachers entering the urban education environment. Consequently, the NTI committee has opened a request for workshop proposals (RFP). The 50 minute workshops have designated topics and learning objectives set by the NTI Program Committee. Detailed guidelines and a proposal form can be found online. The deadline for proposal submission is April 1, 2017.
Questions may be directed to Annetta Toomey.
If you are interested in learning more about NTI for your district for Fall 2018, contact Mike Strohschein, Ed.D. A waiting list is already forming.