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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780914409304
  • Publisher: WestEd
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 959,824
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     1
Basic Assumptions, Beliefs, and Goals     1
Key Features of Mentor Programs     2
Overview of This Resource     3
Acknowledgements     4
A Mentor Program Focused on Student Learning     7
The Case for Mentor Programs     7
The Goals of a Mentor Program     9
The Conceptual Shift From "Buddies" to Learners     10
Steps in Developing a Mentor Program     11
Elements of an Effective Mentor Program     14
Involvement of Key Shareholders     17
Supporting Policies and Procedures     18
Explicit Criteria for Selecting and Matching Mentors With New Teachers     21
Professional Development and Specific Training for Mentors     23
Administrator Support and Commitment     24
Mentor Program Evaluation     26
The Mentor Role     29
Mentor Roles and Responsibilities     29
The Role of Collegial Guide     30
The Role of Consultant     31
The Role of Seasoned Teacher     32
The Role of Coach     34
Building the Relationship With a New Teacher     35
Establishing Clear Expectations     35
UnderstandingOneself and Others     36
Assisting (Not Assessing) the New Teacher     38
Having an Exit Strategy     39
The New Teacher's First Year     41
Developmental Attitudes and Needs     41
Attitudinal Phases in the FirstYear     41
A Continuum of New Teacher Needs     43
The Exploration of Excellent Teaching     45
What Excellent Teaching Looks Like     45
How Mentors and New Teachers Explore Excellent Teaching     47
A School Culture That Supports Excellent Teaching     51
Preparing Mentor Teachers as Collaborative Coaches     55
The Intentional Teacher     55
Norms of Collaboration: Essential Skills for Collaborative Dialogue     57
The Collaborative Coach     60
The Collaborative Coaching Model     61
The Collaborative Coaching Cycle     63
The Planning Conversation     64
Coaching Observation and Data Gathering     68
The Reflecting Conversation     73
Conclusion     79
Reference List     81
About the Authors     85
Selected Models of Mentoring and Induction     87
Professional Development for Mentors During the School Year     89
Roles and Responsibilities of Key Shareholders in a Mentor Program     90
Ten Ways Principals Can Support New Teachers and Their Mentors     93
Topics and Resources for New Teacher Induction     95
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