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COVID-19 reshaped new teacher induction — for the better

By Elizabeth Simons, Sheila B. Robinson and Marguerite Dimgba
August 2022
Each August, Greece Central School District, in northern New York, hosts a new teacher induction program for all new hires, designed by the director of professional learning and a large, diverse committee. The district’s longstanding new teacher induction model suddenly changed when the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close abruptly in March 2020. Initially, we faced questions about how to prepare a remote program if we weren’t able to meet in person and how to support new teachers as they navigated a hybrid teaching model. When schools reopened, these challenges shifted, and new ones emerged. The national teacher shortage that had been predicted for years began to impact our students directly, and experienced teachers began retiring or leaving in increasing numbers. We had a pronounced

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Elizabeth Simons (elizabeth.simons@greececsd.org) is instructional mentor teacher in Greece Central School District in New York. 

Sheila B. Robinson (sheilabethrobinson@gmail.com) is owner of Custom Professional Learning. 

Marguerite Dimgba (marguerite.dimgba@greececsd.org) is director of professional learning in Greece Central School District. 


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