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A useful guide for teacher mentors as they face new and difficult challenges in their work New teachers often struggle to apply their knowledge in real-world settings, and the idea of mentoring these teachers during their first years in the classroom has captured the imagination of schools all over the world. Drawn from the experiences over the last twenty years of the New Teacher Center, the book illuminates the subtleties and struggles of becoming an excellent, effective mentor. The book discusses the five big tensions of mentoring: developing a new identity, developing trusting relationships, accelerating teacher growth, mentoring in challenging contexts, and learning leadership skills. Describes in-depth the most common challenges of the mentor role A wonderful guide for both new and veteran mentors Includes engaging firsthand narratives written by mentors working in a variety of settings This book is from the New Teacher Center, an organization whose highly respected mentor training model has served over 50,000 teachers nationwide. The New Teacher Center is dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders through comprehensive mentoring and professional development programs.
Ann Lieberman is a senior scholar at Stanford University. She was a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and she is an emeritus professor from Teachers College, Columbia University. Susan Hanson is a senior researcher at the New Teacher Center (NTC). Janet Gless is the chief programs and partnerships officer at NTC.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
The Tensions of Mentoring
Building a New Identity
Developing Trusting Relationships
Accelerating Teacher Development
Mentoring in Challenging Contexts
Learning Leadership Skills
Stories of Mentoring
The Waiting Place
Fired, Hired, and Inspired
Finding a Way
Savior, Friend, Mentor
Conclusion: What Can We Learn?
Appendix: Mentor Prompts
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