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

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

By: Mary Ann Blank (author), Cheryl A. Kershaw (author)Hardback

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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

About Author

Mary Ann Blank has spent most of her professional life as a teacher educator at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and as an educational consultant to numerous school systems in Tennessee and other states. Her current work is providing leadership, professional development, and assistance to schools and school systems in the areas of curriculum and instruction, teacher evaluation, and school improvement. At UT, she teaches courses in instructional theory and design, curriculum development, and analysis of professional practice. She is the clinical professor supervising and instructing teaching interns at Alcoa Elementary Professional Development School. She is collaborating with Cheryl Kershaw and others on a Title II teacher quality grant, focusing her work primarily on enhancing the practice of outstanding teachers in many of Knox County's inner-city schools. She is also a Dimensions of Learning trainer and works with educators in Loudon County Schools on systemwide implementation of this interactive and differentiated model of planning and instruction. Another of her responsibilities is as a developer and copresenter with Kershaw on Mentoring for the Tennessee Academy for School Leaders. In the past, Blank has presented at national meetings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and others professional organizations. She has written a number of published articles and is a coauthor of several texts. Carol Kershaw has served as director of University of Tennessee's Urban Impact initiative, which was funded through a federal grant seeking to improve teacher quality. She previously taught English and remedial reading at Fulton High School for nine years. A graduate of Bearden High School, Kershaw earned a doctorate in curriculum and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Tennessee. She earned a bachelor's in English education from Arizona State University.


List of Reproducible FiguresList of Figures and TablesForeword by Robert EakerPreface: Why We Wrote This Book, and Why Educational Leaders in Classrooms, Schools, and Districts Need It!AcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsPart I. Mentoring: Putting the Research Into Practice1. Introduction2. Getting Started: Teacher Mentor Program Components Self-AssessmentPart II. Designing or Strengthening Your Teacher Mentoring Program3. How to Promote a Schoolwide Commitment4. How to Build on Common Goals5. How to Coordinate Your Program With a Mentor Core Team (MCT)6. How to Define Roles for MCT Members7. How to Select Mentors and Assignments8. How to Ensure New Teachers' Commitment to Mentoring9. How to Coordinate Support to New Teachers10. How to Promote Professional Learning and Schoolwide Collaboration11. How to Provide Time, Resources, and Support to MentorsPart III. Implementing Your Mentoring Program12. How to Develop a High-Performing MCT13. How to Identify & Address the Professional Development Needs of Mentors14. How to Identify & Address New Teacher Needs15. How to Meet New Teachers' Social, Emotional, and Professional Needs: Mentor Strategies16. How to Coach New Teachers for Instructional Effectiveness: Coaching Strategies17. How to Ensure Your Mentor Program Is Achieving Desired ResultsPart IV. Assessing the Impact of Your Mentor Program18. How to Collect Meaningful Data on an Annual Basis19. How to Use Data for Program Improvement20. How to Address Challenges and Celebrate SuccessPart V. Growing and Sustaining Your Mentor Program: Mentoring at a Higher LevelResourcesReferencesIndex

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412962766
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 200
  • ID: 9781412962766
  • ISBN10: 1412962765

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