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Mentoring in Action: Guiding, Sharing, and Reflecting With Novice Teachers

A Month-by-Month Curriculum for Teacher Effectiveness
Second Edition
By: Carol Pelletier Radford

Foreword by Ellen Moir

This newly revised workbook-style resource provides a robust companion website featuring videos, downloadable forms, and a digital Mentor Planning Guide and Journal for reflection.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506345116
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 312
  • Publication date: July 15, 2016

Price: $40.95



The support you need for mindful mentoring and sustainable teacher success!

Novice teachers bring vitality and optimism to schools. Our role as mentors is to empower novice teachers to grow in their practice and emerge as the leaders of the future. Newly revised and updated, the 2nd edition of Mentoring in Action emphasizes a unique approach: mindful mentoring that aligns your conversations to teaching standards to prepare novice teachers for their teacher evaluation.

In this book you’ll learn the importance of teacher leadership and how mentoring can influence teacher effectiveness. This flexible twelve-month curriculum helps you:

  • Plan mentoring conversations and observations
  • Differentiate support to meet the varied needs of novice teachers
  • Set goals to prevent teacher burnout by sharing social and emotional learning skills
  • Gather regular student feedback from student work samples and surveys
  • Integrate the updated INTASC Standards into mentoring conversations

This updated edition includes QR codes and a robust companion website featuring videos, downloadable forms, and a Mentor Planning Guide and Journal for reflection. Transform your mentoring experience by confidently mentoring your novice teachers with this comprehensive guide!

“Filled with decades of her own teaching, research, and mentoring wisdom, Radford offers a guide to building the mentoring relationship, examples of mentoring in action, and instructions and modeling of purposeful mentoring conversations.”
Dr. Kirsten Olsen, Author of Wounded By School and The Mindful School Leader

“The best mentorship programs include support for the mentors, not just for new teachers. This book provides a roadmap for individual teacher-mentors or those in charge of mentoring programs. Everyone in a position of leadership should read and use this book."
Barbara Levin, Professor and Author of Every Teacher a Leader
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Use with The First Years Matter, the companion guide for novice teachers!


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Carol Pelletier Radford

Carol Pelletier Radford is the founder of Mentoring in Action, an organization dedicated to the success of novice teachers and their mentors. Before she established her own organization to support mentors and new teachers, she was a veteran elementary school teacher and a teacher preparation leader. Carol is the author of Corwin’s bestselling books Mentoring in Action: Guiding, Sharing, and Reflecting With Novice Teachers and The First Years Matter: Becoming an Effective Teacher.

Carol received her Education Doctorate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she focused her studies on mentoring and teacher leadership. She is also a certified yoga teacher who practices meditation and shares mindfulness strategies with educators through her online courses and website. Her podcast Teaching With Light features the stories of teachers and inspirational leaders. Her next passion project is the creation of a Teacher Legacy Network, where retired teachers can share their wisdom with the next generation of teachers.

You can learn more about Carol, find free resources, videos, meditations, courses, and all of her books at mentoringinaction.com/.

Twitter: @MentorinAction
Facebook: @MentoringinAction4Teachers
Instagram: @cpradford
Table of Contents

Table of Contents




About the Author

Introduction: Welcome to Mentoring in Action!

Part I Inducting a Novice Teacher into the Teaching Profession

Induction Programs Must Prepare and Support Mentors

Mentors Are Teacher Leaders

Sustainable Mentoring

What Is Mentoring in Action?

Principles for Effective Mentoring

Qualities and Skills of Effective Mentors

Purposeful Mentoring Conversations

Part II Month-by-Month Mentoring: Supporting Novice Teachers

Why Do We Need a Mentoring Curriculum?

A Month-by-Month Cycle for Mentoring

The Transformation of a Teacher

Orientation to the School and Community: Resources and Values

Beginning the School Year Successfully: Creating a Community of Learners in the Classroom

Teaching for Understanding: Planning and Delivering Effective Instruction

Assessing Diverse Leaders: How do Teachers Know Students Have Learned?

Maintaining Balance: Teaching and Keeping the Students Interested

Beginning a New Calendar Year: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Engaging Students in the Curriculum: Focus on Content through Active Inquiry

Collaborating with Novice Teachers: Observing and Building a Trusting Relationship

Standards: Creating Meaningful Standards-Based Learning Experiences for Students

Assessing Students' Progress: High-Stakes Tests and Teacher Assessment

Completing the Year: Paperwork, Relationships, and Closing a Room

Final Reflection and Planning For Next Year: Retreat, Reflect, Renew



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