New Educator Induction & Mentoring

The purpose of the New Educator Induction program is to improve student learning by providing the necessary support to new educators joining the Kenosha Unified School District. New educators quickly learn that teaching is mentally, emotionally, and physically demanding. Purposeful entry into teaching through mentoring, coaching, and ongoing reflection and support is essential to retaining high quality educators in order to enhance student achievement.

The goals of the New Educator Induction Program are as follows:

  • Establish an integrated professional development program that blends the needs of new teachers with support for all staff in meeting the diverse learning needs of students and improving their achievement
  • Reinvigorated, experienced teachers who grow as a result of reflecting on their craft during their mentoring relationships
  • Higher retention rates among new teachers

Components of the Program:

  • Contact Time: Mentors and Initial Educator meet regularly to plan instruction
  • Quality of Interaction : Mentor and Initial educator initiate learning- focused conversations and collaborate on desired outcomes for student learning
  • Quality of Relationship: Mentor and Initial educator’s relationship promotes professional growth and development
  • Focus on Student Outcomes: The end result of Mentor and Initial Educator’s learning-focused collaboration positively impacts student learning
  • School Culture:  Mentor provides a variety of connections and collaborative opportunities for the Initial Educator

Program Resources