STATEHOUSE (April 13, 2017) – State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) visited with students, teachers and administrators at Washington Irving Elementary School in Indianapolis on Thursday to discuss teacher mentorship programs and observe classrooms.
“Sitting down and having face-to-face discussions in our schools is an effective and enjoyable way for me to understand how potential legislation will affect Hoosier teachers and students,” DeVon, a member of the House Committee on Education, said. “As we near the end of the legislative session, it’s important to keep our priorities in focus, and it starts with finding ways to equip and serve those in the classroom. It was a real treat to receive insight and feedback from those who make Washington Irving the great school that it is.”
During a round-table discussion, several of the school’s teachers expressed their interest and support of a bill DeVon authored this session that would create a teacher induction pilot program. The pilot program supports career pathways as a way to recruit and retain effective, excellent teachers for Indiana’s students. First-and second-year teachers would be paired with mentors in an effort to give them the support and guidance they need to be successful in their first few years of teaching and lay a strong foundation for their professional career.
The bill was developed with extensive input from Indiana’s teachers. For example, it incorporates all of the teachers’ recommendations from the Teach Plus Policy Fellowship program about mentor opportunities, such as allowing experienced teachers to apply for mentorship roles and mentors receiving micro-credentials for such roles. The visit was organized, in part, by Teach Plus, a teacher leadership organization.
For more information on DeVon’s legislation that is on its way to Gov. Eric Holcomb, click here.
State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5, which includes parts of St. Joseph County.
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