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Illinois Virtual Instructional Coach and Building Mentor Program for New Teachers

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Overview of the Virtual Instructional Coach and Building Mentor Program

Your first year of teaching is hard.

Your first year of teaching amid a pandemic is even harder.

That’s why The Illinois Education Association, the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the Illinois State Board of Education have joined together to create a program designed to help provide wraparound professional support for first-year teachers.

The Illinois Virtual Instructional Coach and Building Mentor Program for new teachers pairs new teachers with a trained virtual coach, a trained and certified building mentor, a virtual coaching platform and the support of other first-year teachers.

The State of Illinois estimates there about 4,000 new PreK-12 teachers who will be hired this school year, and many did not have the chance to complete their clinical training because of COVID-19. Now, they will be expected to help students recover from learning loss and the social-emotional toll of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, while mastering digital teaching and learning technologies. They also must be prepared for intermittent transitions between being remote and in-person instruction as the school year progresses, all while meeting students’ needs.

That is a lot of added stress. So, here’s what the comprehensive program, which encourages school districts to work with their local union leadership to enroll in together, provides:

  • Virtual instructional coach trained to provide support to beginning teachers regarding effective practices for online instruction, social-emotional learning, and trauma-informed practices;
  • Trained and certified building mentor with the sole responsibility to make the teacher feel welcomed, supported and connected in their new school;
  • Access to robust virtual coaching platform with comprehensive online library of instructional resources, including effective-practice videos, and software tools that help teachers analyze examples of each other’s teaching and provide feedback and support to one another; and
  • Support and feedback through one-on-one and small group virtual coaching sessions organized around Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching Clusters.

ISBE partnered with IEA and IFT through a $6.5 million grant, funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

Admissions to the program are still being accepted for all roles and for new teachers. Reach out today!

For more information, contact. IEA_CoachingAndMentoring@ieanea.org

CPS and other IFT affiliated district staff should contact IFT at IFTcoachingandmentoring@ift-aft.org

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