The New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP)


The New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) is the second job-embedded step along a continuum of professional learning for new teachers, building on and complementing the first step: initial teacher education programs. It provides professional support to help new teachers develop the requisite skills and knowledge to be effective as teachers in Ontario.

The four core goals of NTIP are explained below from the perspective of a new teacher:

Confidence

  • I can do it…I have the supports to be a successful teacher

Efficacy

  • My teaching makes a difference in the lives and learning of every single student

Instructional Practice

  • I am able to respond to the diverse learning needs of my students with an array of effective instructional strategies

Commitment to Continuous Learning

  • I want to continue learning and growing as a professional in collaboration with my students, colleagues, administration, parents/guardians, and school community

What Supports Does the NTIP Offer?

The NTIP consists of the following induction elements:

  • Orientation for all new teachers to the school and school board
  • Mentoring for new teachers by experienced teachers
  • Professional learning relevant to the individual needs of new teachers

The first few years of teaching are a critical time for professional learning and growth.  New teachers who receive support and mentorship via NTIP will become the mentors for the next generation of new hires and ultimately of the students they will teach.

Who Are New Teachers?

NTIP Required Teachers
The board shall provide NTIP to:

  • 1st Year Permanent Hires
    • Teachers certified by the Ontario College of Teachers hired into a permanent position – full-time or part-time – by a school board to begin teaching for the first time in Ontario’s publicly funded school system
    • 2nd year permanent hires who do not successfully complete NTIP in their first year

Mentors
The board shall support:

  • NTIP Mentors
    • Experienced teachers supporting NTIP required teachers

Long Term Occasional Teachers
Boards are encouraged to provide the induction elements to:

  • 1st Year Long Term Occasional Teachers with assignments of 97 days or longer
    • Certified occasional teachers in their first long-term assignment, with that assignment being 97 or more consecutive school days as a substitute for the same teacher

Additional NTIP Eligible Teachers
Any teacher in their first 5 years who falls outside of the NTIP required definition above is eligible for support.  The inclusion of these teachers as eligible to participate in any of the NTIP induction elements is designed to provide boards with flexibility to respond to local hiring realities and potentially to support new teachers for a greater length of time.  Boards may decide to include an entire category of NTIP eligible teachers or base the supports they offer on a case by case basis.

NTIP eligible teachers include:

  • Beginning Daily Occasional Teachers
  • Beginning Short and Long Term Occasional Teachers (any duration of assignment)
  • Beginning Continuing Education Teachers
  • Beginning Permanent Hires past year 1
  • Mentors supporting any beginning teacher (e.g., Teacher-Candidates, Occasional Teachers etc.)
    • Associate Teachers hosting a teacher-candidate from a faculty of education are included in this definition as are teachers mentoring Indigenous language educators

How Do New Teachers Complete NTIP?

In addition to the NTIP induction elements, new permanent hires are evaluated twice within their first 12 months of employment through the Teacher Performance Appraisal process.

Upon successful completion of 2 satisfactory NTIP evaluations, boards are responsible for submitting the names of new teachers to the Ontario College of Teachers within 60 calendar days.  A notation reflecting completion of NTIP is placed on the teacher’s certificate of qualification and registration which appears on Ontario College of Teachers’ public register.

Participation in NTIP for newly hired Long Term Occasional (LTO) Teachers refers to the induction elements only.  There are no changes in the current board level evaluation processes or requirements for LTO teachers.

Aligning NTIP supports to evaluation thresholds is important to the success of new teachers.  For example, newly hired LTO teachers with four month (80 day) assignments would benefit from accessing the induction elements at the onset of their assignment.