For school teachers, as in many other professions, there’s no substitute for hands-on experience. But there are ways that experience can be shared, as new teachers in California are learning.
The North Coast Beginning Teacherprogram has been in place for seven years now, reports regional director Corrine Muelrath, and is now part of California’s teacher credentialing process.
There are 560 new teachers currently in the mentoring program, Muelrath adds, a higher-than-usual number that reflects some of the uncertainties that school districts face in preparing their budgets without a state budget in place.
The area served by the North Coast Beginning Teacher program are shown in color on this map.