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Mentoring and Coaching
A Lifeline for Teachers in a Multicultural Setting

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Foreword by Joan T. Wynne



December 2009 | 176 pages | Corwin

"These two remarkable educators not only document the development of their own relationship from mentor/mentee to professional colleagues, they also draw from their own experiences, research studies, and the real voices of countless new teachers to provide an excellent, hands-on guide for perfecting the mentoring role in multicultural settings. Kudos!"
—Lisa Delpit, Eminent Scholar, Executive Director
Center for Urban Education and Innovation

Help new teachers thrive in culturally and linguistically diverse school settings!

The challenges of teaching in a culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) school, including language barriers, special needs, and teacher isolation, can be especially overwhelming for early-career teachers. This unique book on mentoring and coaching new teachers is specifically designed for multicultural school settings, although educators in all settings can benefit.

The authors draw from their own experience implementing a highly successful mentoring program for new teachers in a large, urban school district. The book offers practical examples anchored in the current theoretical and research base for the professional development of novice teachers in urban as well as non-urban areas. Filled with vignettes that directly capture the real-life experiences of new teachers and their mentors, this volume:

  • Illustrates how to develop effective teacher-to-teacher mentoring relationships
  • Raises readers' awareness of issues that might arise from CLD differences and facilitates more effective communication
  • Offers reproducible resources, agendas, and other sample materials for a variety of contexts

This timely and practical book helps mentors give new teachers the support they need to survive and succeed in diverse school settings.

 
List of Tables and Figures
 
Foreword, by Joan T. Wynne
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Teacher-to-Teacher: Making a Difference
Teachers Making a Difference  
Enhanced Personal Growth  
Mentoring  
From the Voice of Magda  
From the Voice of Denise  
 
2. The Voice of the Struggling Teacher
Typical Stages of Teacher Development  
Struggles  
Joys  
Managing Tips  
 
3. Teacher Leaders and Their Roles as Mentors
Teachers as Leaders  
Mentoring  
The Role of the Mentor  
What Do the Voices of New Teachers Say About Mentors and Their Roles  
What We Now Know  
 
4. Characteristics of Effective Coaching
Components of Effective Coaching  
Designs for Effective Peer Coaching  
The Art of Coaching  
Coaching and Intergenerational and Cultural-Linguistic Differences  
 
5. Communication
Intercultural Communication  
Nonverbal Communication  
Listening in Intercultural Settings  
Intergenerational Differences in Communication  
Written Communication  
Intercultural Communication and the Standards of the Profession  
Appendix 5.1: Project GATE Newsletter  
 
6. Mentoring in a Large Multicultural Urban District: Induction Programs and a Case Study
What Does the Research Say About Retention of Beginning Teachers?  
What an Induction Program Should Look Like  
A Case Study  
Appendix 6.1: Beginning Teacher Questionnaire  
Appendix 6.2: Interview Question Guide  
Appendix 6.3: Project GATE (Getting Assistance for Teaching Effectively) 2006?2007 School Year  
Appendix 6.4: Sample Special Education Mentor Teacher Application  
Appendix 6.5: Sample Special Education New- and Early-Career Teacher Application  
Appendix 6.6: Project GATE 2006?2007 Yearly Calendar At-a-Glance  
 
7. Professional Development Through Learning Opportunities
Professional Development  
Professional Development That Embraces Diversity  
Facilitating Adult Learning Opportunities Effectively  
Study Groups  
Instructional Data Discussions  
Professional Learning Communities  
Quality  
Personal and Professional Growth  
 
8. Lessons Learned
What We Have Learned  
What Are the Lessons Learned, and, Just as Important, From Whom Did We Learn Them?  
From the Voices of Two Teachers  
What Are the Connecting Threads Woven Into the Experiences of Successful Mentoring Relationships and Successful New Teachers?  
 
Glossary of Terms
 
References
 
Index

"These two remarkable educators not only document the development of their own relationship from mentor/mentee to professional colleagues, they also draw from their own experiences, research studies, and the real voices of countless new teachers to provide an excellent, hands-on guide for perfecting the mentoring role in multicultural settings. Kudos!"

Lisa Delpit, Eminent Scholar, Executive Director
Center for Urban Education and Innovation

"The authors take an important multicultural approach to mentoring by showing how teachers from different cultural heritages translate concepts into practices. Their concrete examples at different grade levels explain how struggling teachers can become successful. Easy to read and understand, this book contains valuable resources, self-assessment tools, and tips for effective communication that will ensure successful implementation of mentoring programs."

Ann Nevin, Professor Emerita
Arizona State University

"In this book you hear the voices of new teachers who have struggled with the myriad of challenges that drive so many good and potentially effective teachers out of a career in education. Mentoring and coaching has made a difference in the professional lives of many motivated and talented teachers who have, in turn, improved the learning outcomes of their students. Gudwin and Salazar provide a realistic and practical guide to successful mentoring and coaching that is grounded in their own successful experiences with struggling teachers and students.”

Ronald Felton, Associate Director
Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative

“Sustaining young, spirited, gifted teachers in our public schools, especially in our urban systems, is one of our country’s greatest challenges in education. This book, written by two educators who have brilliantly faced that challenge and helped create a comprehensive program to retain those teachers, is a blueprint for the nation’s 'way out' of losing the very people who can inspire a higher level of academic achievement for our children."

Joan T. Wynne, Professor and Associate Director, Center for Urban Education & Innovation
Florida International University

“Using the voices of teachers, mentors, and school leaders, this book is an insightful analysis of the role that mentoring and teacher induction programs play in the retention and success of urban public school teachers. A must-read for all stakeholders serious about teacher success in today’s challenged climate surrounding public education. This book represents the hope that is necessary to retain the next generation of public school teachers."

Louie F. Rodriguez, Assistant Professor
Florida International University

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Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1


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