“It is only when we develop others that we permanently succeed.” -Harvey S. Firestone
The Peer Consultant Program (PCP) represents collaboration between the Wichita Public Schools and United Teachers of Wichita (UTW) to provide assistance to beginning teachers. The goals of the program are to:
- provide peer assistance to teachers entering the profession;
- promote competency;
- retain effective teachers;
- provide success for all students.
The Wichita program focuses on the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom, which is the only element that research consistently indicates makes a difference.
The Peer Consultant Team consists of four full-release mentors. These mentors are assigned to college to classroom teachers, supporting them throughout their first year in the classroom.
Peer Consultant Teachers
Peer Consultants are selected from current classroom teachers who:
- have a minimum of five years experience in USD 259;
- demonstrate outstanding classroom teaching ability;
- work cooperatively, effectively and confidentially with others;
- are skilled in written and oral communication;
- have knowledge of district resources and initiatives.
Peer Consultants may receive professional development through:
- Cognitive CoachingSM
- Adaptive Schools
- New Teacher Center training through the Kansas Mentoring and Induction Center
- District-wide professional learning
- National Conferences
“I would have to say the support that I received from my peer consultant was incredible. It was extremely nice to have an outside voice to collaborate and discuss issues with. I believe that I have grown as a teacher immensely through the ideas and suggestions provided by my peer consultant.”
“The support that I have had from my peer consultant has been such a tremendous help in my classroom. She has given me help with ideas on how to manage my class better, how I can promote higher critical thinking among my students, shown me certain protocols that I was unaware of when things have come up, and led me in the right direction at all times.”