NTIP consists of the following induction elements:
- Orientation for new teachers to the school and school board
- Mentoring for new teachers by experienced teachers
- Professional learning relevant to the individual needs of new teachers
At the centre of the induction elements is the learner. In addition to new teachers, NTIP learners include associate teachers, mentors, principals, board staff and many other colleagues. NTIP is meaningful when it is constructed by each learner based on their real world learning needs.
Through NTIP, powerful learning designs like mentorship deprivatize instruction, foster collaboration and support educator leadership via the intentional sharing of knowledge and practice between colleagues. As such, NTIP serves as an example of collaborative professionalism in action.
When new and experienced educators work and learn together (e.g., to address bullying) all our students benefit.
In summary, the first few years of teaching are a critical time for professional learning and growth. New teachers who receive support and mentorship via NTIP will become the mentors for the next generation of new hires and ultimately of the students they will teach.