Induction Conference Focuses on Transition

March 30, 2001

(217) 782-4648

Springfield -- The Illinois State Board of Education’s Division of Professional Preparation and the Partnership for Professional Development will host the Second Annual Induction Conference, on April 23 and 24 at the Holiday Inn, 1001 Killarney, Urbana.

The conference, titled “Successful Transition: Helping Illinois Teachers Move from Novice to Expert” will feature Gary DeBolt, author and nationally respected expert on induction and mentoring. DeBolt is Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction for the Fairport Central School District, Fairport, New York.

The conference is designed to provide an area for existing programs to network with others from around the state, as well as showcase programs that take new teachers from preservice to the initial certificate and on to the standard certificate after four years of teaching.

A combination of speakers, breakout sessions, exhibitors, and programs will give attendees an idea of the kind of induction and mentoring programs now helping to support novice teachers statewide.

The Partnership for Professional Development comprises the State Board of Education; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Vermillion County Regional Office; Champaign-Ford County Regional Office; Macon-Piatt County Regional Office; Illinois Education Association; Illinois Federation of Teachers; and over 46 school districts.

Registration is open through April 9. Late registrations may be accommodated at the conference. For more information call Jenny Bolander in the State Board’s Division of Professional Preparation at 217/782-4330 or visit

Interested parties can also get information from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Novice Support Network at,