The Intention of Retention: Building New Teacher Academies That Work

April 29-30 | 8:30AM-3:30PM ET | In-Person at CIESC

Creating Teacher Support Programs that work is more critical to success now than it ever has been before. In today’s educational climate, we must support teachers’ well-being, not only in their classrooms, but holistically as human beings. Now, more than ever, we must consider our teachers’ quality of life, their performance in the classroom, and how we can ensure their success in our individual school buildings as well. This two-day workshop will help develop what your teachers might need for the upcoming school year in a more intimate, focused setting, that will allow you to take into consideration their needs as teachers AND as humans in order to maximize their success, and to focus your intention on retention.

Who should attend?

Any school professionals, leaders, or coaches who spend time mentoring new teachers or developing programming for them.


What to Expect

You will develop a year-long New Teacher Academy Program that serves your new teachers and optimizes their ability to thrive in their buildings, as new teachers, and as human beings. Objectives for the two-day session are as follows: 

  • Develop five New Teacher Academy sessions to be delivered and offered at your school for the 24-25 school year
  • Establish goals for your individual building/corporation and create sessions that match those goals
  • Create sessions that support your new teachers through their whole first year experience 
  • Create programming that is evergreen, but that can also be easily adapted for future use/delivery


Facilitated By

  • Lindsey Acton

    Lindsey Acton was a high school English teacher for 15 years, most recently serving students in the Brownsburg Community School Corporation. For the last two-and-a-half years, Lindsey supported teachers all over the United States as the Director of Teacher Support for KDP, a National teacher support organization. Lindsey has traveled all over the country as a National Keynote Speaker, as a guest on the Dr. Phil show, and as an advocate for teacher support and retention. Lindsey is the author of Throwing Rocks, a book focused on educator trauma. Currently, Lindsey works with school corporations and organizations on staff development and teacher support. When she is not speaking, consulting, and supporting, Lindsey is a wife and a mom to her son, Andrew, who is eight years old. She enjoys running, reading, and cooking in her "free" time, and has a goal of completing her first marathon in 2024.



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Pyramid 3, Floor 2
Indianapolis, IN 46268

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