Mentoring New Teachers Through Collaborative Coaching : Linking Student and Teacher Learning

ISBN-10: 0914409301
ISBN-13: 9780914409304
Edition: 2007
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Description: What are the best approaches for developing effective teacher mentors? In their work across the country, Kathy Dunne and Susan Villani have combined the nonjudgmental approach of collaborative coaching with a focus on student learning to heighten  More...

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: WestEd
Publication date: 3/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 7.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

What are the best approaches for developing effective teacher mentors? In their work across the country, Kathy Dunne and Susan Villani have combined the nonjudgmental approach of collaborative coaching with a focus on student learning to heighten teacher effectiveness. The result is a stunningly effective model that benefits mentors and teachers alike - all in the service of students. For education leaders who oversee mentor programs and those who provide professional development for mentors, this book looks at mentoring from the context of the research on effective mentoring and provides extensive guidance on how mentors can understand the needs of new teachers, build strong relationships with them, and coach them through an ongoing process of improving their teaching practice. Step-by-step professional development activities spell out the details in the companion facilitation and training guide.

Prefacep. 1
Basic Assumptions, Beliefs, and Goalsp. 1
Key Features of Mentor Programsp. 2
Overview of This Resourcep. 3
Acknowledgementsp. 4
A Mentor Program Focused on Student Learningp. 7
The Case for Mentor Programsp. 7
The Goals of a Mentor Programp. 9
The Conceptual Shift From "Buddies" to Learnersp. 10
Steps in Developing a Mentor Programp. 11
Elements of an Effective Mentor Programp. 14
Involvement of Key Shareholdersp. 17
Supporting Policies and Proceduresp. 18
Explicit Criteria for Selecting and Matching Mentors With New Teachersp. 21
Professional Development and Specific Training for Mentorsp. 23
Administrator Support and Commitmentp. 24
Mentor Program Evaluationp. 26
The Mentor Rolep. 29
Mentor Roles and Responsibilitiesp. 29
The Role of Collegial Guidep. 30
The Role of Consultantp. 31
The Role of Seasoned Teacherp. 32
The Role of Coachp. 34
Building the Relationship With a New Teacherp. 35
Establishing Clear Expectationsp. 35
Understanding Oneself and Othersp. 36
Assisting (Not Assessing) the New Teacherp. 38
Having an Exit Strategyp. 39
The New Teacher's First Yearp. 41
Developmental Attitudes and Needsp. 41
Attitudinal Phases in the FirstYearp. 41
A Continuum of New Teacher Needsp. 43
The Exploration of Excellent Teachingp. 45
What Excellent Teaching Looks Likep. 45
How Mentors and New Teachers Explore Excellent Teachingp. 47
A School Culture That Supports Excellent Teachingp. 51
Preparing Mentor Teachers as Collaborative Coachesp. 55
The Intentional Teacherp. 55
Norms of Collaboration: Essential Skills for Collaborative Dialoguep. 57
The Collaborative Coachp. 60
The Collaborative Coaching Modelp. 61
The Collaborative Coaching Cyclep. 63
The Planning Conversationp. 64
Coaching Observation and Data Gatheringp. 68
The Reflecting Conversationp. 73
Conclusionp. 79
Reference Listp. 81
About the Authorsp. 85
Appendices
Selected Models of Mentoring and Inductionp. 87
Professional Development for Mentors During the School Yearp. 89
Roles and Responsibilities of Key Shareholders in a Mentor Programp. 90
Ten Ways Principals Can Support New Teachers and Their Mentorsp. 93
Topics and Resources for New Teacher Inductionp. 95
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