For over a decade, The Kansas Early Career Teacher’s Academy has provided a seamless system of professional development for beginning teachers in their first three years of experience. Each year the year long Academy provides for multiple avenues of interaction with both the beginning teacher and mentor attending monthly sessions. Mentors are trained during these sessions and beginning teachers are exposed to a number of developmentally appropriate topics.
The Academy is focused on improving instruction and management, socializing professionals within the school culture, reducing isolation, retaining professionals in the profession, developing collegiality among professionals, and increasing student achievement.
The program meets all of KSDE’s standards for mentoring programs and has been presented at numerous national and state conferences with several different articles published concerning its merit.
Academy Program Summary(PDF)
The Academy is directed and managed by four experienced professionals who work with the beginning professionals and mentors.
Dr. Charles Kent Runyan Mentor Trainer, Professor Department of Teaching & Leadership, Pittsburg State University 117C Hughes Hall Phone: 620-235-4497 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jean Dockers Early Career Trainer, Director of Teacher Education, Pittsburg State University 110A Hughes Hall Phone: 620-235-4636 Email: email@example.com
Mr. Alan Roberts Intern Trainer and Project Rural Coordinator Pittsburg State University B13 Hughes Hall Phone: 620-235-4173 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Amanda Hill Licensing Officer Teacher Education, Pittsburg State University 110B Hughes HallPhone: 620-235-6153 E-mail: email@example.com