Nineteen first-year teachers and eleven second-year teachers in the Bowling Green Independent School District are supported by a districtwide mentoring program, Ascend. The BGISD initiative takes the place of the former Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP), and provides mentoring and induction activities to increase both teacher effectiveness and retention in the profession.
The Ascend Teacher Intern program pairs newly hired educators with school-based teacher mentors with demonstrated effective, results-oriented teaching experience. Throughout the school year, mentor teachers will spend at least 40 hours outside of the classroom/school day providing support and conferencing with the teacher interns. Plus, BGISD will provide ongoing professional learning, tailored to first year teachers and their individual abilities and needs as classroom teachers.
The 2019 ASCEND cohort will work and collaborate using Google Classroom and Google Apps for Education, and meet in-person for eight Intern Seminars and two classroom observation opportunities. The Intern Seminars will be led by BGISD’s Director of Instructional Programs, Elisa Beth Brown and the district’s instructional coaches, with the goal of supporting the new professionals physically, emotionally, institutionally and instructionally.
New teachers have the education, credentials, and preparation they need to successfully ascend a career in education. They begin the year at “base camp” with support of teacher mentors and district leaders to guide them. However, a career in education is a career spent learning, with multiple climbs and many opportunities to both mentor and be mentored. BGISD aims to help professionals of all levels ASCEND.