This special report explores the challenges facing new teachers and the ways schools, colleagues, and other stakeholders can better support them. According to new data highlighted in the report, new teachers now make up a significant segment of U.S. teaching force, making their ability to thrive in the profession an increasingly central policy issue.

Nationally, 12 percent of all public school teachers are in their first or second year, according to new data. Use our interactive map to find percentages in individual states.

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The Exploratorium, a “hands-on” science museum in San Francisco, offers a specialized induction program just for new science teachers. Focused on developing inquiry-based instructional skills, the program also offers teachers the support of a professional “guild” of scientists and science educators.

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October 5, 2016 Everybody involved in K-12 education knows that new teachers tend to need a lot of extra support. What they may not fully grasp, however, is just how many new teachers are out there.
October 5, 2016 To supplement their school- or district-provided mentoring, many novice teachers are seeking support from online and social media communities.
October 5, 2016 The Exploratorium's Teacher Induction Program aims to keep new teachers in the classroom by offering access to scientific inquiry and the support of a professional community.
October 5, 2016 Three universities are developing residency-style teacher-preparation programs in an effort to keep the graduates in the teaching profession, particularly in high-needs schools.
October 5, 2016 Managing student behavior can be the top challenge for new teachers. Rachel Thompson shares her three reflections after a year of successes and failures.
October 5, 2016 Building new teachers' emotional resilience and cultural competence is key to helping teachers succeed in educating all students, Elena Aguilar writes.
October 5, 2016 Schools can ease new teachers' anxieties by promoting honest conversation about expectations, culture, and community before the start of the school year, Cristie Watson writes.

This special report was produced with support from the Joyce Foundation.

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