New Teacher Academy continues through ninth grade


July 19, 2022 – DENTON – The New Teacher Academy (NTA) at Texas Woman’s University continued its ninth consecutive year and third as an online event. This summer, the NTA hosted 118 attendees with engaging classroom management sessions, a teacher/principal panel, and more.

The ever-evolving event, developed in 2014 by Sarah McMahan, PhD, and Rebecca Fredrickson, EdD, of the Department of Teacher Education, is reaching more teachers as an online event. McMahan and Fredrickson collected data that indicates 96% of participants prefer the flexibility of the online option over Zoom.

This aligns with the College of Professional Education’s goal of being in communities for communities. Teachers from all over Texas participated, with one even mentioning, “With gas prices so high, I’m so grateful that NTA is online. Otherwise, I couldn’t attend.

Another attendee told Fredrickson, “I loved learning so many ideas about what I can do to prepare for back to school.” Others liked that the NTA was free and found it encouraging, helpful, and stress-relieving.

The New Teacher Academy is a collective partnership with iteachTexas, an alternative certification program that provides additional mentorship and professional development support to TWU graduates and iteachTexas candidates entering their first years of teaching.

The majority of NTA 2022 attendees expressed interest in a smaller online version during the winter break. As a result, the planning committee builds a less structured version.

“This will allow participants to have deeper conversations about the challenges they face in their first two years,” McMahan said.

Attendees can expect topics on:

  • Class management
  • Technological integration
  • Dealing with difficult situations with parents and families

“Engaging alumni in opportunities to give back allows us to continue to support them and share opportunities with them to further their education in graduate programs,” McMahan said.

Page last updated July 19, 2022 at 12:29 p.m.


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