When mentors are well-selected, well-trained, and given the time to work intensively with new teachers, they not only help average teachers become good, but good teachers become great.
–Dara Barlin, Education Week
Vermont-NEA has been supporting school districts with mentoring needs for a decade. Strong mentoring programs for new teachers leads to both greater teacher retention and student learning. Mentoring also provides an avenue to use master teachers in leadership roles, and provide ongoing professional learning on stills such as questioning techniques, analyzing student work, and reflective practice.
Building a strong cadre of mentors and mentor leaders is a lengthy process involving several years. The goal at Vermont-NEA is to work with school districts to first, build a mentoring program, and then support districts in creating leadership within the schools to sustain the program through the leadership of district-wide mentor coordinators. Vermont-Nea provides training and updated materials for the mentor coordinators to carry on this important program in their districts. Districts wishing to explore the Vermont-NEA Mentoring Program should contact Juliette Longchamp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentors can also remind teachers that all of their students are chock-full of extraordinary potential. Teachers are among the most influential adults in the lives of children, and encouraging them to challenge their potential can and will change their lives.
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
–Robert M. Hutchins
Vermont-NEA is offering this course in four different sites throughout the state during the summer of 2016. For complete information, please see the Vermont-NEA Summer 2016 Offerings, where you will find the details and a link to the registration form.
The Heart of a Teacher-Led Mentoring Program - Friday, August 5, 2016
Who: Mentor Coordinators or trained mentors by Vermont-NEA interested in teacher leadership opportunities
When: Friday, August 5, 2016
Where: Vermont-NEA Conference Room, 10 Wheelock Street, Montpelier
In a growing number of schools, Mentor Coordinators work with the district’s Curriculum Director in implementing a strong Mentoring Program. This workshop, specifically designed for Mentor Coordinators, will achieve the following:
Registration Link: HERE
Limit: 20 people
Cost: $200 per participant, Free for Mentor Coordinators/Curriculum Directors working with Vermont-NEA
Deadline: July 20, 2016