Professional Learning

Working With New Teachers: Building Networks and Allies (NWP Radio)


Are you interested in developing programming for new teachers? If so, listen to this interview with Kira J. Baker-Doyle about her book The Networked Teacher to learn about the research and theory behind social networks, both face-to-face and online. Listeners will hear practical advice about how new teachers can join and create networks of peers and mentors and access resources for support in the early years of their professional careers.

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Duration: 1 hour


Kira J. Baker-Doyle on building social networks:

I became interested in networks because I was really interested in the National Writing Project and other networks, and I wanted to see how those networks worked.  I was also studying the ways that communities organize, and I found that in 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 collaborations that they develop—in and out of school.  What is this social capital they develop and how does it support them?” And then I realized that if I 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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