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Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Kern, Robert W.


First year teachers--Supervision of--New Jersey; Mentoring in education--New Jersey; Teachers--Training of--New Jersey


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a newly implemented teacher induction program that commenced in August 2003. Twenty-one teachers who began employment in August 2003 were required to participate in this piloted program. Six months following the initial induction meeting, 18 teachers were surveyed. The survey design conformed to a modified Likert scale. The findings revealed that the need existed for a comprehensive new teacher induction program that was designed to help alleviate some of the fears expressed by the participants. A major goal of the program was to provide all newly hired faculty members with a system of support and assistance that would extend throughout the school year. This system of support consisted of informative meetings that encouraged sharing of ideas amongst educators coupled with post-meeting communication between the new staff members, administrators, veteran teachers, mentors, and buddies. The study revealed that the majority of teachers felt supported throughout their first year of employment. They also described their first year at this large regional high school as successful.