Comprehensive Teacher Induction Program
The Howard County Public School System is committed to the success of our non-tenured teachers. Professional learning and support for non-tenured staff is designed to provide opportunities for growth within the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching and other relevant professional standards. Non-tenured staff are supported by site-based colleagues and Central Office program staff.
We believe that a strong contributing factor to the success of a new teacher is having support aligned with new teacher needs. The HCPSS Comprehensive Teacher Induction Program is grounded in the Induction Program Standards developed by the New Teacher Center and addresses the requirements of COMAR 13A.07.01.
As we welcome, support and develop our new teachers our goals are focused on:
- Creating classrooms where diversity, equity and inclusion are valued
- Enhancing teacher performance
- Improving classroom instruction
- Accelerating student learning
- Increasing teacher retention rates
- Creating collaborative and inclusive school cultures
New Educator Orientation
Each August, the HCPSS hosts New Educator Orientation (NEO) that marks the beginning of the Teacher Induction Process for newly hired, certificated staff. New hires receive curriculum resources, develop relationships with program staff, and engage in professional learning to prepare them for the start of the school year.
Instructional Mentoring Program
Novice teachers receive support throughout their first year of teaching from central office or school-based staff who are assigned to them as instructional mentors. Instructional mentors provide support for the four domains of the 2013 Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching: Planning and Preparation, The Classroom Environment, Instruction and Professional Responsibilities and the Framework’s broader themes of Equity, Cultural Competence, High Expectations and Student Assumption of Responsibility. These themes support the actualization of the HCPSS Equity Framework. Instructional Mentors also conduct non-evaluative classroom observations and provide feedback throughout the year that targets the needs of the new teachers. This focus on instruction leads to effective teaching, resulting in improved student learning.
Teacher Development Liaisons
Every school in Howard County has a designated teacher leader known as the Teacher Development Liaison (TDL). The role of this master teacher is to provide ongoing, school-based professional learning opportunities and support for all non-tenured staff aligned with best practices for instruction and the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching.
Professional Learning Sessions
Teacher Development Liaisons coordinate school-based professional learning targeted to the needs of newly hired staff. Additionally, curricular program staff design and deliver sessions for new teachers throughout the year.
Each semester, seminars and courses targeting non-tenured teachers are offered through the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program. Staff may choose from a variety of offerings delivered in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.