National Writing Project

Working With New Teachers

Date: March 8, 2012

Summary: Listen to an interview with Kira J. Baker-Doyle about her book The Networked Teacher, to learn about research and theory behind social networks and gain practical advice about how new teachers can create networks of peers and mentors for support. Also hear writing project leaders Kevin Thienes and Lanette Jimerson talk about their writing project-based work with new teachers.


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Kira J. Baker-Doyle on building social networks:

I became interested in networks, part of because I was really interested in networks like the National Writing Project and more local networks and I wanted to sort of see how those networks worked, but I was also studying the ways that communities organize—like community organizing literature and those kind of things—and I found that, you know, in this community organizing literature there's this idea of social networks, of social capital embedded in communities, and I thought, 'You know what? I bet teachers develop a certain kind of social capital in schools that they use, through all the collaboration that they develop—in and out of school actually—what is this social capital they develop and how does it support them?' And then I realized that if I kind of worked with beginning teachers, that would give me a chance to really see that evolution of a network; how beginning teachers build social support networks.

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