by Jeff Kohmstedt / Dec 21, 2011
Current Illinois New Teacher Collaborative (INTC) staff and former INTC director and University of Illinois professor emeritus Dr. Renée Clift have published their finding on efforts to improve beginning teachers' induction experiences across the state of Illinois. Published in the Winter 2011 edition of Action in Teacher Education, the article focuses on the role of the INTC, which was created to promote new teacher induction in Illinois and to supply resources and support for new teachers and for those who support them.
This article describes challenges facing Illinois state-funded induction programs and INTC's responses, including professional development opportunities and web-based resources and discussion forums. The authors make the case for induction programs and for state funding. They also discuss the importance of having an independent entity to provide support for and to conduct research with induction programs. The INTC is funded in part by the State Farm Companies Foundation and the Illinois State Board of Education and is housed in the College of Education.