INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP #1: Teacher Inductions and Professionalism

Thank you to all who attended our first workshop on Teacher Inductions. We enjoyed collaborating with you!

Some interesting numbers from the evening:

  • Attendee breakdown:

    • 44.5% of the attendees are principals and deputy principals

    • 33.3% are teachers 

    • 22.2% are NGO representatives

  • Feedback from Participants:

    • 83% of the attendees strongly agreed or agreed that what they learnt from the workshop will help them be more effective in driving induction programmes at schools.

    • 66.7% of the attendees strongly agreed or agreed that they will be able to immediately apply the tools they received at the workshop to help their schools be more successful

The goal of each workshop is to provide practical, actionable steps for teachers and school leaders. Below are some great resources we’ve found and a summary of the key questions that were discussed at the workshop:

1. What does an effective Induction Programme look like?

  • Strong vision, mission, and culture underpinning everything and led from the top. CEO/Principal must lead culture implementation with buy-in from SMT and teachers

  • Coaching and mentoring must be structured and formalised, with adequate training and support for mentors, and a strong accountability system

  • Professional development must be highly practical with clear modelling, a strong emphasis on feedback, and the creation of a growth mindset

2. How can Schools roll out/implement such programmes?

  • Ensure that Instructional Leaders are capacitated with training, resources, and clear, measurable objectives for the programme

  • Design big-picture plans, with small manageable action steps and checkpoints to reflect on throughout the year

  • Set clear objectives, plan professional development over the course of a year, ensure teachers are observed and given feedback between sessions

3. How can School Leaders review and improve existing Induction Programmes?

  • Instil and reinforce a culture of consistency

  • Provide regular feedback and reflect on what is happening in the classroom

  • Conduct teacher surveys to identify the gaps and trends then create more targeted programmes

  • Network with other schools, find out what and how other schools are doing their inductions, share knowledge and ideas

4. How do School Leaders incorporate Professionalism in Induction Programmes?

  • Professionalism is an expectation that needs to be set and reinforced by the school

  • Setting a vision and mission, and creating a strong culture that is led from the top is crucial

  • Provide clear guidelines for new teachers, including consequences for non-adherence

Some great resources around teacher inductions

  1. The New Teacher Project (TNTP) ‘Fast Start’ Report: Experts in teacher induction, TNTP’s approach espouses a relentless focus on 4 skills for incoming teachers (drawn from Teacher Like a Champion). TNTP believe (and research shows that) if new teachers get these 4 things right, the rest will follow.

  2. New Teacher Center Standards for Induction Programs: This framework provides an example of the Professional Standards that comprise an effective induction programme, including key questions for each standard.

  3. Zenex and the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) research: Findings suggest that the ideal model for South Africa is a blend of ‘Western’ (one-on-one mentoring, explained further in this newsletter) and ‘Eastern’ (induction through communities of practice in the school and wider community).

  4. Get Better Faster: This is our bible for teacher inductions, and an essential tool in designing your own programme. Check out this summary for just one of the practical tools this book provides.

Help us build a great resource library by sharing your own ideas and resources on our Facebook Community of Practice page!

For more information on how we design our own teacher inductions, reach us on info@instill.education.

Our next workshop is coming up!

Our next topic is, by popular demand, teacher motivation. Given the magnitude of the subject, we are breaking the topic down across four workshops between now and the end of the year. To start the series:

Topic: What are the underlying factors affecting teacher motivation?

Date: Tuesday 3rd September, 18h00-20h00

Venue: Jeppe High School for Boys, Payne Hall 

Tickets: Click here to register for your free ticket

Our goal for this session is to explore the factors affecting teacher motivation in the South African context. Our panellists will provide us with their own diverse perspectives and experiences around the topic, both as teachers and school leaders.

We look forward to continuing our discussions!