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Mentoring as Collaboration
Lessons From the Field for Classroom, School, and District Leaders



July 2008 | 200 pages | Corwin
Discover how to transform intermittent teacher mentoring into effective, systematic coaching! This book shows school and district leaders how to develop a collaborative mentoring program that will help retain new teachers, improve student achievement, and boost school performance. The authors present a practical, field-tested model that clearly defines roles, expectations, and experiences for new teachers, mentors, and school leaders, and builds upon the research in effective teaching, leadership, and organizational development.

Administrators in any district can use this comprehensive how-to guide to:

- Attract and retain talented teachers

- Develop teacher leaders

- Create energized learning communities

- Develop, sustain, and assess mentoring programs

 
List of Reproducible Figures
 
List of Figures and Tables
 
Foreword by Robert Eaker
 
Preface: Why We Wrote This Book, and Why Educational Leaders in Classrooms, Schools, and Districts Need It!
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Mentoring: Putting the Research Into Practice
 
1. Introduction
 
2. Getting Started: Teacher Mentor Program Components Self-Assessment
 
Part II. Designing or Strengthening Your Teacher Mentoring Program
 
3. How to Promote a Schoolwide Commitment
 
4. How to Build on Common Goals
 
5. How to Coordinate Your Program With a Mentor Core Team (MCT)
 
6. How to Define Roles for MCT Members
 
7. How to Select Mentors and Assignments
 
8. How to Ensure New Teachers' Commitment to Mentoring
 
9. How to Coordinate Support to New Teachers
 
10. How to Promote Professional Learning and Schoolwide Collaboration
 
11. How to Provide Time, Resources, and Support to Mentors
 
Part III. Implementing Your Mentoring Program
 
12. How to Develop a High-Performing MCT
 
13. How to Identify & Address the Professional Development Needs of Mentors
 
14. How to Identify & Address New Teacher Needs
 
15. How to Meet New Teachers' Social, Emotional, and Professional Needs: Mentor Strategies
 
16. How to Coach New Teachers for Instructional Effectiveness: Coaching Strategies
 
17. How to Ensure Your Mentor Program Is Achieving Desired Results
 
Part IV. Assessing the Impact of Your Mentor Program
 
18. How to Collect Meaningful Data on an Annual Basis
 
19. How to Use Data for Program Improvement
 
20. How to Address Challenges and Celebrate Success
 
Part V. Growing and Sustaining Your Mentor Program: Mentoring at a Higher Level
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index

“The level of detail is impressive. I have trained mentors for many years, and I still found many new ideas in this book.”

Frank J. Masci, Assistant Professor of Teacher Preparation
Johns Hopkins University

"A researched-based, how-to compendium for classroom, school, and district leaders who want to provide meaningful mentoring opportunities. School leaders can pick and choose from the strategies and tactics included in the book to get things accomplished."

W.C. Wolf Jr., Emeritus Professor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"This is the book for administrators who want to retain their novice teachers and strengthen their pedagogical abilities to ensure student academic success. Blank and Kershaw provide the complete guide to planning, initiating, managing, and solving the dilemmas associated with mentoring."

Dave F. Brown, Coauthor, What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know

"This comprehensive compendium of helpful resources and strategies could only have been compiled by scholarly clinicians who over time have successfully addressed the myriad problems and challenges encountered in implementing and sustaining an effective program of induction. Blank and Kershaw have put together a handbook that should be on the desktop of anyone managing an induction program, preparing mentors, or serving in a mentoring role themselves."

Kenneth R. Howey, Research Professor
University of Cincinnati

Much of the material is duplicative of another publication currently used.

Mr Charles Kramer
Sch Of Ed Organization Leadshp, University Of La Verne
January 28, 2014

Gives useful ideas for further development.

Mrs Suzanne Strawford
School of Education, Newman University College
March 18, 2013

Accessible and practical text which supports understanding of the role of the mentor/coach and recognises the importance of collaboration to make it work. Useful self assessment tasks.

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
September 16, 2011

This is an intersting text for wider reading and to support those studying at the higher levels

Mrs Jane Wood
Vocational Education , Edge Hill University
October 20, 2009

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