New teacher shares how professional connections supported her in the classroom

01/28/2014 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

First-year teacher Kate Miller writes in this blog post that her professional connections with mentor teachers, collaborative planning time with peers, and networking in online and fellowship-based professional learning communities have helped her feel more prepared to teach. "Imagine what the teaching profession would be like if every new teacher, each year, received the same kind of support -- and then imagine how education in this country might be transformed as a result," writes Miller, who teaches high school in Arlington, Va.

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