The movement to advance comprehensive, high quality induction policies and programs throughout Illinois that support the development of a highly effective teaching force emerged in the 1990s.

Recently, this movement has been guided by a core group—frequently referred to as the Illinois Induction Policy Team—driven by the vision to fund a statewide system for supporting all beginning teachers in Illinois.

The vision for this statewide system, as articulated in the Illinois Induction Policy Team’s strategic plan, includes the following elements:

  • Supporting teachers in their professional development, including teacher preparation, beginning teacher induction, and ongoing development
  • Providing high quality professional development for principals, program coordinators, teacher leaders, and mentors to effectively support beginning teachers
  • Supporting the inception of beginning teacher induction programs where they don’t exist and helping existing induction programs move toward excellence