The Mentor Program Kit: Step-by-Step Guidelines for Developing a Mentoring Program to Help New Teachers Succeed

This book provides step-by-step guidelines for initiating or improving teacher mentorship programs. It provides answers to questions about the importance of new teacher development, costs of running a teacher mentorship program, and about the support needed from school leadership and the Teachers’ Association/Union to make your program successful. You will learn what decisions need to be made early in establishing your program, what makes a good teacher mentor, how to pair mentors with new teachers, and how to embed your mentor program into existing professional development programs. The Appendices include practical checklists, sample applications, rating sheets, evaluations, templates, and more. 80 pages.


Table of Contents
I. The Need for a Mentoring Program 1
What is Mentoring? 2
II. Important Early Program Decisions 5
Who Will Direct the Program? 5
Relationship With the Teachers' Association/Union 6
Cost of Running the Program 7
III. Who Will Mentor? 9
What Makes a Good Mentor? 10
Selecting Mentors 11
IV. Mentor Training 13
Mentor Training Agenda 15
V. The Pairing of Mentors and New Teachers 27
VI. Embedding the Mentoring Program Into Existing Professional Development 31
Adding on Online Component to Mentoring 32
VII. Mentor Program Evaluation 35
VIII. Expanding the Role of Mentoring Past the First Year 37
The New Teacher and Tenure 38
IX. Keys for Program Success 41

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