Mentoring Teachers: Navigating the Real-World Tensions

Mentoring Teachers: Navigating the Real-World Tensions


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Mentoring Teachers: Navigating the Real-World Tensions by Ann Lieberman, Susan Hanson, Janet Gless

A useful guide for teacher mentors as they face new anddifficult challenges in their work

New teachers often struggle to apply their knowledge inreal-world settings, and the idea of mentoring these teachersduring their first years in the classroom has captured theimagination of schools all over the world. Drawn from theexperiences over the last twenty years of the New Teacher Center,the book illuminates the subtleties and struggles of becoming anexcellent, effective mentor. The book discusses the five bigtensions of mentoring: developing a new identity, developingtrusting relationships, accelerating teacher growth, mentoring inchallenging contexts, and learning leadership skills.

  • Describes in-depth the most common challenges of the mentorrole
  • A wonderful guide for both new and veteran mentors
  • Includes engaging firsthand narratives written by mentorsworking in a variety of settings

This book is from the New Teacher Center, an organization whosehighly respected mentor training model has served over 50,000teachers nationwide. The New Teacher Center is dedicated toimproving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness ofteachers and school leaders through comprehensive mentoring andprofessional development programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470874127
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 633,565
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Ann Lieberman is a senior scholar at Stanford University. Shewas a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancementof Teaching, and she is an emeritus professor from TeachersCollege, Columbia University. Susan Hanson is a senior researcherat the New Teacher Center (NTC). Janet Gless is the chief programsand partnerships officer at NTC.

New Teacher Center is dedicated to improving student learning byaccelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders.NTC has served over 50,000 teachers and 7,000 mentors, touchingmillions of students across the country through comprehensivementoring and professional development programs.

Table of Contents


STORY ONE: TheWaiting Place 65
Leslie Baldacci

STORY TWO: Fired, Hired, and Inspired 81
Kathleen Aldred

STORY THREE: Finding a Way 105
Mary Eldred

STORY FOUR: Savior, Friend, Mentor 121
Frank Pantano

Conclusion: What Can We Learn? 141

Appendix: Mentor Prompts 147

Index 155

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