The goal of the WVDE Office of Educator Development and Support (OEDS) is to support districts in their effort to attract and retain the most compassionate, caring, and highly motivated teachers. Research over the past few decades clearly shows that induction programs and mentor support have a positive impact on teacher retention. Teachers will remain in the profession if they are provided with appropriate support. When this occurs, teacher retention rates increase, and costs related to teacher attrition for districts decrease. By supporting teachers across the state, the OEDS will prepare our educators to remain in the field and seek professional growth opportunities.

Induction programs provide inexperienced teachers with support, models of effective instructional strategies, and guidance that will help them improve their professional practice. A strong teacher induction program is highly recommended. Comprehensive induction programs should include:

  • An orientation to the district and school
  • A structured and high-quality mentor program
  • Consistent support from school and county level administrators
  • Access to a network of support from other beginning teachers
  • Standards-based evaluations of the beginning teacher’s instruction
  • Yearly standards-based evaluations of the district induction program

Please visit the link below to review professional learning offerings the WVDE offers to beginning teachers.

Professional Learning Website

Effective mentoring is a critical component of highly effective induction programs. Districts and schools are encouraged to utilize the following recommendations when considering the hiring of teachers that will fill the role of mentor teacher. The recommendations do not guarantee effective mentors, but allow districts to set expectations for a rigorous selection process in choosing the most qualified teachers:

  • It is encouraged that districts hire mentors having at least five years of teaching experience.
  • The mentor teacher should demonstrate effective standards-based instructional practices as shown through educator evaluations.
  • The mentor teacher should demonstrate the ability to be an effective listener, be approachable, and exhibit objectivity and fairness.
  • The mentor teacher should demonstrate strong interpersonal skills.
  • The mentor teacher should effectively lead reflective mentor/beginning teacher conversations.
  • The mentor teacher should demonstrate strong teacher leadership skills and/or be a National Board Certified Teacher.

Please visit the link below to review professional learning that the WVDE offers to experienced teachers that wish to become certified mentors.

Professional Learning Website

The Office of Educator Development & Support (OEDS) is committed to ensuring high-quality professional learning experiences are available for counties, schools, and individuals based on data-driven need and choice. The West Virginia Professional Learning Reimagined Framework, developed by the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) and the WVDE, provides a model for coordinated, cohesive professional learning and leadership processes and opportunities for West Virginia counties. A wealth of research has proven that the methods outlined in this framework are highly effective models in the delivery of high-quality, sustained professional learning experiences.  

Please visit the link below to review professional learning opportunities for county leaders and individuals. Offered by the WVDE.

Professional Learning Website