Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support (M.I.N.T.S.)
The Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support (M.I.N.T.S.) provides an ongoing community for new and early teachers currently in the field to receive guidance, resources, and developmental opportunities.
The first few years in the field for a new teacher is a crucial transition time, and often determines the teacher’s likelihood of remaining in the profession. “51% of new teachers report being under great stress several days a week.” The issue is not teacher recruitment; but rather, teacher retention and national teacher shortages have begun to weigh heavily on the education field.*
While new and early teachers feel confident in their content knowledge, often times they lack sufficient support/preparation for other aspects of the teaching profession and throughout the transitional process into the field. Providing additional support, resources, and professional development opportunities to new teachers in the first few years can ease the transition from novice to professional, and provide early educators with more tools and strategies to improve retention.
Merrimack College’s School of Education & Social Policy, in conjunction with and funded through the Winston Center for Excellence, has created the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support (M.I.N.T.S.) to not only serve as a resource to aid in the transition of new teachers into the field, but would also serve to build a community of local educators, both new and experienced.
The Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support provides many resources for new teachers, including:
- Collaborative workshops, lectures and other professional-development opportunities to engage new teachers in a supportive atmosphere.
- An online community that connects new teachers with each other and with more experienced educators in the areas.
- New-teacher support symposiums that bring together new and experienced teachers in the field as a way to foster deeper dialogue and connections among the local community.
- Mentorship provided by seasoned educators to provide support and feedback through the transition process into the field for new and developing teachers.
Goals, Outcomes and Objectives
- To provide support, guidance and resources to ease the transition of beginning teachers from novice to professional.
- To foster a heightened sense of confidence in new teachers by promoting methods and techniques in stress reduction, classroom management and self- and student motivation.
- To familiarize beginning teachers with the responsibilities of teaching and adapting to the culture of the education profession.
- To provide strategies and resources from experienced educators to early teachers for creating a collaborative and supportive community.
- To increase retention of new and developing teachers in the local area.