Establishing or improving a mentoring and induction program is ideally designed around a framework that should incorporate three aspects:
- Program Design and Vision
- Professional Learning for mentors/coaches and new teachers
- Best Principles of Instructional Practice
The 2018 Teacher Induction Program Standards (TIPS) provides a framework to assist schools and districts as they seek to implement induction and mentoring programs that improve teacher retention, accelerate beginning teacher effectiveness, strengthen teacher leadership and increase student learning. There are 10 program standards in the TIPS that provide a common language that helps school teams identify next steps toward program implementation or acceleration.
The NTC TIPS framework is broken down into Foundational, Structural, and Instructional Standards. As you are establishing a new mentoring or induction program or seeking to improve and enhance an existing one, the resources in each of these three standards will support you in tailoring a program that works best for your district and context.
The framework used for the Montana Mentor Project is designed by the New Teacher Center (NTC), a non-profit focused on teacher induction, instructional coaching and school leadership development. The framework is a comprehensive document that has been developed from their work with state agencies, school districts, policy-making organizations, and a range of educational institutions.