Beginning Teachers’ Learning Journeys Longitudinal Research

External research has played a critical role in the evolution of the New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) since its inception in 2006. The most recent research, conducted by external evaluation firm Christine Frank and Associates (CFA) in 2012-2015, documented the impact of NTIP on teachers’ growth in the four core program goals:

Goals of the New Teacher Induction Program

A visual summary of these important findings can be found here: https://spark.adobe.com/page/aeJmO.

This year marks the beginning of a new research cycle and will include:

Newly hired LTO and permanent contract teachers currently participating in your board’s NTIP
New occasional teachers hired within the past 5 years and not currently eligible for NTIP supports

This group will include:

Daily and Short Term Occasional Teachers (less than 97 day assignments)
Long Term Occasional Teachers no longer eligible for NTIP

The goal of this 5 year longitudinal study is to learn how we can best support all of Ontario’s new teachers. CFA will derive longitudinal data by following small cohorts of beginning teachers over three years and investigating more deeply in the two following years.

The study will begin with this year’s cohort (2016-17) and continue with three successive cohorts annually. Each cohort will contain approximately 300 beginning teachers recruited from across the province. Participation by individual beginning teachers is optional and will involve the completion of a short (10 minute) annual survey and possible follow up focus group teleconferences or interviews over the course of 3 to 5 years. Release time for focus group participation will be provided by the Ministry.

CFA will begin the research process by contacting board NTIP Contacts and Superintendents next week. The collaboration of board NTIP teams with CFA will be essential to the success of this research.

CFA will provide detailed information about the research procedures, timelines and participation requirements for each board. Identities of all boards, schools, and individuals will be kept completely confidential by the firm.

Our learning from this work will inform future policy and program directions as we strive to support all new educators on their learning journey. We deeply appreciate your continued collaboration and support of NTIP and welcome your questions and input as we embark on this important study.

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