State & Local POLICY

OVERVIEW

New Teacher Center (NTC) is the nation’s premier resource for expertise on policies related to the development and support of beginning and veteran teachers. NTC’s Policy team has worked with education policymakers in the majority of states. We’ve actively shaped state legislation, rules, regulations, and program standards. NTC Policy also has informed federal legislation, including the Every Student Succeeds Act. Public policies can ensure the provision of, and strengthen the quality of, new teacher induction, mentoring support, and instructional coaching for our nation’s educators. NTC Policy works at the federal, state and local levels with policymakers and educational leaders to show them how supported educators can lead to better outcomes for students. NTC also works with them on related issues (such as teaching and learning conditions, teacher evaluation, certification and licensure, and instructional leadership) that address the quality of teaching and learning in state schools.

NTC offers a wide array of services and expertise to policymakers and policy organizations to ensure the design and development of professional learning and support systems for new and veteran educators. NTC is committed to ensuring collaborative, research-based consultation that ultimately leads to better outcomes for teachers, school leaders, and students. With experience developing legislation and regulations at both the federal and state levels, NTC has supported the development of legislation that authorized new educator induction programs in California, Connecticut and Oregon. NTC also led the development of statewide induction program standards in Hawaii, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio.

NTC has worked with national policy organizations including the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Center for American Progress, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF), the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), the National Education Association (NEA), the National Governors Association (NGA), and the U.S. Department of Education.

NTC’s Review of State Policies on Teacher Induction was first released in 2012. An update, titled Support From the Start: A 50-State Review of Policies on New Educator Induction and Mentoring, was released on March 1, 2016 at an event in Washington, DC. Our review provides a comprehensive national summary as well as individual state policy snapshots. Each state’s existing policies are analyzed against key criteria most critical to the provision of universal, high-quality induction and mentoring support for beginning educators.

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