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
Coaching and Mentoring Educators 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Who: Teacher Leaders interested in coaching and mentoring educators in various stages of the Career Continuum
Pre-Work: Adult Learning Theory Micro-Credential – Prior to your first class, register for the micro-credential Andragogy: Adult Learning Theory at nea.certificationbank.com. The micro-credential is in the “Cooperating Teacher” Stack. Complete Part 1 “Overview Question” and Part 2, #1 “Rewrite the scenario.” We will be sharing our responses to these two questions during our first class.
Day 1- Understanding the Framework for Teaching - Participants will focus on understanding Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and the new Six Clusters for High Level Learning. Rutland Central mentors will receive training using the 5D+ Evaluation Rubric. We will also be exploring the Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching and discussing Adult Learning Theory (micro-credential questions)
Day 2 – Mentoring/Coaching Topics include: self-assessment on current understanding of mentoring, benefits of the mentoring process, roles of a mentor and coach, qualities of strong mentor teachers, communication, learning styles, stages of a teacher's first year, and coaching skills.
Day 3 – Mentoring/Coaching Topics include: generational differences, the coaching cycle and techniques (con’t), calibration and questioning techniques, analyzing student work protocols, site specific requirements of mentors (mentor coordinators lead this) and setting mentoring goals.
Fall Assignments (online for those who are taking the course for credit):
For more information, please call or email Juliette Longchamp at Vermont-NEA at email@example.com , 802-224-2421.
Limit: 25 people each session (Depends on site)
Lunch: One hour for lunch, please bring your own (unless provided by host school)
Deadline: One week before class start date Registration Link: https://goo.gl/forms/CHgVCeuBcDdVsaS92
The Heart of a Teacher-Led Mentoring Program - Friday, August 10, 2018
Who: Mentor Coordinators or trained mentors by Vermont-NEA interested in teacher leadership opportunities
When: Friday, August 10, 2018
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
For more information, please call or email Erin Green at Vermont-NEA at firstname.lastname@example.org , 802-224-2401, or Juliette Longchamp at email@example.com.
Limit: 20 people
Cost: $200 per participant, Free for Mentor Coordinators/Curriculum Directors working with Vermont-NEA
Deadline: July 20, 2016