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Cultivating High-Quality Teaching Through Induction and Mentoring



August 2004 | 208 pages | Corwin
Develop induction programs that focus on improved practice rather than just survival skills!

"All beginning teachers face significant challenges during their induction into the teaching profession. This book  provides a cogent, thoughtful, and practical guide to working in the areas of teacher induction and mentoring, and is a must read for academics, program developers, and practitioners alike."
Sandra Odell, Professor
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"Bartell argues that induction is about more than retaining teachers. It is about helping all teachers become more professional and better at what they do . . . and, most important, it is about improving student learning."
From the Foreword by Linda Darling-Hammond
Charles E. Ducommun, Professor of Education
Stanford University

The first few years of teaching are the most challenging. During these years, teachers are most likely to become discouraged and disillusioned. Yet these early years are also the time when teachers establish practices that last throughout their careers.

Cultivating High-Quality Teaching Through Induction and Mentoring focuses on new teachers' needs while emphasizing high-quality teaching through the use of standards-based teaching, teacher assessments, and reflective practice. Through extensive research, Carol Bartell has identified the critical elements in shaping induction policies that lead to teacher retention and improved student achievement. Because teachers begin with different levels of preparation, Bartell addresses how to adjust programs to meet differing needs in a variety of school contexts.

Bridging the gap between knowledge and practice, this handbook includes:

  • A description of the challenges that new teachers face
  • The key elements of an effective induction plan
  • The role of mentoring in a successful induction program
  • Information on induction in the most challenging setting-urban schools
  • Models and approaches to assessment during the induction period

Throughout, this book emphasizes a developmental approach to encouraging teachers to a higher level of practice that extends beyond the usual survival skills. Don't just prepare teachers to teach, prepare them to teach better!


Linda Darling-Hammond
Foreword
 
Preface
 
1. The Challenges Facing Beginning Teachers
 
2. Understanding the Stages of Teacher Development
 
3. The Characteristics of Effective Induction Programs
 
4. Mentoring Strategies and Best Practices
 
5. Urban Schools and Induction
 
6. Standards-Based Teaching and Reflective Practice
 
7. Teacher Assessment
 
8. Developing Induction Policies to Shape Induction Practices
 
References
 
Index

"All beginning teachers face significant challenges during their induction into the teaching profession. This book provides a cogent, thoughtful, and practical guide to working in the areas of teacher induction and mentoring, and is a must read for academics, program developers, and practitioners alike."

Sandra Odell, Professor
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"Carol Bartell offers us an eminently practical and comprehensive roadmap to coach and assist our beginning teachers away from an unhappy ending."

Alan D. Bersin, Superintendent of Public Education
San Diego Unified School District

"Bartell argues that induction is about more than retaining teachers. It is about helping all teachers become more professional and better at what they do . . . and, most important, it is about improving student learning."

From the Foreword by Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education
Stanford University

"Bartell has done an excellent job of pulling together the research on induction and mentoring. She uses examples drawn from a variety of studies, and provides guidance for those who wish to develop or improve an existing induction program. State and district leaders would be well advised to read this book."

Teachers College Record, November 2005
Vol. 107, No. 11, 2005

"A practical, no-nonsense and principled guide condensing decades of expertise into plain terms advice."

Wisconsin Bookwatch
May, 2005
Key features

·        Filled with anecdotes, teacher quotes, and case examples drawn from the author's extensive research.

·        Each chapter contains strategies and tips for incorporating the ideas into practice and a list of further readings

·        Emphasis on the unique needs of beginning teachers in urban schools

·        Bartell uses a developmental approach to induction and mentoring that moves beyond survival skills to an emphasis on accomplished practice

 

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