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Comprehensive Mentoring Programs for New Teachers
Models of Induction and Support

Second Edition
Edited by:


June 2009 | 240 pages | Corwin

"The author has done an excellent job of highlighting the key aspects of a comprehensive induction program and offers rich examples across urban, rural, and suburban setting. Anyone interested in developing induction programs that both support and accelerate beginning teacher development should read this book.
—Ellen Moir, Executive Director
New Teacher Center, University of California, Santa Cruz

"State level policy makers can take a positive step forward by providing every district and school leader with a copy of this book. Expertly organized and written, Villani's work provides answers to school leaders' key questions regarding establishing a comprehensive induction/mentoring program. Readers will keep the book within reach as a most valued resource."
—Stephanie Hirsch, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

"A significant addition to the literature on mentoring in the education profession. This book provides various models of comprehensive programs implemented in school districts around the country and confirms the importance of mentoring to retain teachers, maintain consistency in academic programming, and develop a culture of continuous improvement in professional practice."
—Gail Connelly, Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals

"Susan Villani presents comprehensive mentoring programs as catalysts for school improvement and reflective practice. With a wealth of tools and models for establishing effective programs, this book addresses cultural competence, peer coaching, and retention of math, science, and special education teachers. Villani's framework will strengthen professional learning communities and improve the effectiveness of our most valuable resource—teachers."
—Mary Forte Hayes, Executive Director
Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Establish a quality comprehensive mentoring program and improve teacher retention rates!

This updated edition of Mentoring Programs for New Teachers outlines mentors' roles, mentor preparation, and the ways comprehensive mentoring programs support new teachers and educators. Readers will find:

  • Descriptions of 18 successful real-world, comprehensive mentoring programs on the state, district, regional, and national level
  • A list of 5 factors to consider when developing a comprehensive mentoring initiative
  • A rubric based on seven components of comprehensive mentoring programs
  • New material for supporting special education, math, and science teachers
  • Resources to use in program development or revision

 
Foreword by Charlotte Danielson
 
Preface
 
Part I. Supporting New Teachers to Accelerate Their Effectiveness and Keep Them in the Profession
 
1. Addressing the Needs of New Teachers and Supporting Their Learning
Major Causes of the Shortage of Teachers

 
Impact of High Teacher Turnover on Students

 
Financial Cost of High Teacher Turnover

 
Induction and Mentoring Programs Improve Teacher Retention

 
Defining Induction, Mentoring, and Comprehensive Mentoring Programs

 
The Needs of New Teachers

 
Five Phases Experienced by First-Year Teachers

 
 
2. A Closer Look at Mentoring
Mentors: Supporters, Guides, and Sometimes Reformers

 
The Mentor’s Role

 
Ways Mentors Support New Teachers

 
Mentor Preparation

 
Stages of Mentor Growth

 
Professional Development That Addresses the Varied Needs of New Teachers

 
Benefits of Comprehensive Mentoring Programs to the Entire School Community

 
 
3. Factors to Consider While Thinking About Program Development
Goals

 
Funding

 
Roles of Shareholders

 
Mentors

 
Principals

 
School Staff

 
Coordinators/Steering Committee

 
Collaboration Inside and Outside

 
New Teacher Evaluation and Confidentiality

 
 
Part II. Charts of Program Highlights, Commentary, and Program Descriptions
 
4. District Programs
Glendale, AZ

 
Oconee, GA

 
Muscatine, IA

 
Dover-Sherborn, MA

 
Vicksburg Community Schools, MI

 
Saint Paul, MN

 
Rochester City, NY

 
Columbus, OH

 
 
5. State Programs
California - BTSA- Stockton Unified School District

 
Connecticut - BEST- North Haven High School

 
State of New Jersey

 
 
6. Regional or National Efforts to Specifically Support New Mathematics and Science Teachers
EDC

 
eMSS

 
NNECN

 
 
7. District and University Programs That Support New Special Education Teachers
Fairfax County - Great Beginnings

 
Special School District, St. Louis

 
University of Hawaii

 
 
8. Collaboration Between Three Institutions to Support New Teachers
Georgia State and NCTAF

 
 
Part III. Now What?
 
9. Developing a Comprehensive Mentoring Program
 
Appendices
 
Bibliography
 
Index

“This book provides various models of comprehensive programs implemented in school districts around the country. It confirms the importance of mentoring to retain teachers, maintain consistency in academic programming, and develop a culture of continuous improvement in professional practice. This book is a significant addition to the literature on mentoring in the education profession.”

Gail Connelly, Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals

“Susan Villani presents comprehensive mentoring programs as catalysts for school improvement and reflective practice. With a wealth of tools and models for establishing effective programs, Villani also addresses cultural competence, peer coaching, and retention of math, science, and special education teachers. Following Villani’s framework will strengthen professional learning communities and improve the effectiveness of our most valuable resource—teachers.”

Mary Forte Hayes, Executive Director
Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

"Susan Villani has done an excellent job of highlighting the key aspects of a comprehensive induction program. We spend billions of dollars on recruitment and then offer new teachers a sink-or-swim experience. Villani makes a convincing case for comprehensive induction programs and offers rich examples across urban, rural, and suburban settings. This is a practical guide that offers a solid background on the latest research findings. The nation's new teachers deserve the best instructional programs to accelerate their development."

Ellen Moir, Executive Director
New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz

"State-level policy makers can take a positive step forward by providing every district and school principal with a copy of this expertly organized and well-written book. Educators will find answers to most of their key questions regarding establishing an induction and mentoring program."

Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council
Key features
  • NEW Offers appendices of resources to use in program development or revision
  • Seven programs from the first edition have been updated; 11 programs are NEW to this edition
  • Includes programs for meeting the needs of new special education and math/science teachers
  • NEW A rubric in Chapter 9 on seven components of comprehensive mentoring programs for readers to use in assessing their own settings and thinking more about which aspects of their program they would like to enhance or develop

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1


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