Teacher Induction Program


First Class Teacher Induction Program 2023-2024

The First Class Teacher Induction Program supports early-career teachers through a comprehensive structure of professional learning and targeted coaching. First-year teachers engage in professional learning sessions focused on classroom management and instructional practices. They engage in regular guidance with a site-based mentor. Second- and third-year teachers work with a virtual instructional coach to implement coaching cycles to set goals, collect evidence, analyze data, and reflect on instructional practices. Teachers who complete all teacher induction activities will be eligible to receive $1,000 stipends. 

Documents to Apply for the Program -

Program Overview
First-Year Teachers Application
Second- and third-year Teachers Application
Virtual Instructional Coaches Application

Top 5 Reasons to Focus Time and Talent on Teacher Induction

  1. Increased effectiveness of early-career teachers
  2. Improved student achievement
  3. Increased retention of early-career teachers
  4. Expanded teacher leadership opportunities
  5. Reduced district recruiting costs

As of November 2018, 70 O.S. 6-195, Teacher Induction Program, supersedes the previous statute for Teacher Residency Program. Components of the Teacher Induction Program include new terminology and updated requirements.

Guidelines for the Teacher Induction Program may be found here.

Spotlight on District Induction Programs

Lawton Public Schools

Lawton Public Schools New Teacher Program (Lawton’s  First Class) offers support to entry-level teachers through mentoring, coaching, First Class meetings, newsletters, classroom visits, and constructive feedback. We believe these elements establish a firm foundation as new teachers embark on their teaching careers. Through the collaborative efforts of educators, community members, parents, and students, excellence in education is accomplished.

Lawton's First Class New Teacher Guidebook



Inductee Resources

Ten Tenets of Behavior Videos

Learn strategies on how to work effectively with students who demonstrate behaviors that impede their successful growth.

Ten Tenets of Behavior Part 1

Ten Tenets of Behavior Part 2

Core Practices in Action: Management in the Active Classroom

  • Series of 30 videos that support teachers to foster self-managed classrooms that are respectful, active, collaborative, and growth-oriented.


The University of Oklahoma
  • Lessons - Access and download lessons that are searchable by grade level, content area, keywords, state/national standards and time frame.

  • Strategy Library - Find instructional strategies to enhance classroom engagement that are searchable by group size, grade level and purpose.

  • Digital Game Based Learning - Engage students in gaming scenarios rooted in content area standards. 


Mentor Resources

Mentoring and Induction Toolkit

The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at American Institutes for Research provides materials that summarize research and best practices on how to develop and implement an impactful mentoring and induction program. Samples of the Mentoring and Induction Toolkit resources may be accessed here


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Last updated on July 7, 2023