|Georgia's vision as set forth in the RT3 application states:
"To equip all Georgia students, through effective teachers and leaders and through creating the right conditions in Georgia's schools and classrooms, with the knowledge and skills to empower them to 1) graduate from high school, 2) be successful in college and/or professional careers, and 3) be competitive with their peers throughout the United States and the world."
- Increasing the overall effectiveness of teachers and leaders is at the heart of the RT3 plan.
- Effective teachers and leaders are critical factors in raising student achievement.
The Teacher and Principal Guidance documents were developed as a component of Georgia's Race to the Top initiative. A cross-disciplinary team of fifty members - including teachers, instructional coaches, early career and experienced principals, district leaders, university faculty, education organization staff and state agency leaders worked collaboratively to distill research on effective teacher and principal induction practices and mentoring into guidance that is intended to be flexible and accommodating of the wide range of districts and district needs in Georgia. This work was facilitated by the Georgia Department of Education and the Professional Standards Commission.
The draft induction documents were posted online for public comment through December 30, 2011. Feedback from the RT3 districts, non-RT3 districts, higher education, New Teacher Center and other national organizations was reviewed by the task force in late February. Using consensus building protocols revisions and edits were made.
The induction guidance and domains collectively provides for an effective induction program: Roles and Responsibilities, Leadership and Organizational Structures, Orientation, mentoring, ongoing Performance Assessment and Program Evaluation. An investment from all stakeholders is required to ensure teacher and principal effectiveness. All RT3 districts are required to implement teacher and principal formal induction programs for 2012-2013.
Please click on the links below to review the induction guidance documents.
Teacher Induction Guidance
Principal Induction Guidance
Induction Task Force Members