If you're an educational practitioner, policymaker or researcher interested in supporting new educators, have I got the perfect conference for you! It's the 11th New Teacher Center Symposium on New Teacher Induction. It takes place in San Jose, California from February 2-3, 2009, with pre-conference sessions on (Super Bowl) Sunday, February 1.
The conference includes three themes central to induction: (1) Quality Mentoring, (2) Leadership and Professional Identity, and (3) Equity and Social Justice. Numerous conference presentations will be offered by NTC staff as well as representatives of state government, foreign governments, universities, school districts, teacher unions, and policy/research organizations.
The keynote speaker is Andy Hargreaves, the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College (my alma mater). Other guest speakers include NTC executive director Ellen Moir, Monica Martinez of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, and Joe McDonald, professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University and director of the NYC Partnership for Teacher Excellence. Even yours truly will be involved in three sessions, focused on state induction policy, advocating for investments in high-quality new teacher support, and a focus group for policymakers in attendance.
For more information or to register, please visit here.