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Training Mentors Is Not Enough

Training Mentors Is Not Enough
Everything Else Schools and Districts Need to Do

June 2001 | 128 pages | Corwin
`Portner's work provides all educators with a look at both the philosophical side of mentoring new teachers and the very practical side of operating an effective mentoring program. As the teacher shortage grows more pronounced, this book can be a basic blueprint for success in addressing recruitment, induction, and retention of the best possible teachers in any district, large or small, urban or suburban or rural' - Carl E O'Connell, Mentor Program Coordinator Rochester City School District and Rochester Teachers Association, New York

`This book is packed with practical suggestions and detailed hints on how a program can be set up and woven into the fabric of a school in a systemic way. Portner captures the ups and downs of mentoring relationships and proposes effective ways to keep mentoring programs energized' - Charles E Gobron, Teacher Chair Professional Development Council Massachusetts Teachers Association

Training Mentors Is Not Enough is designed for educational leaders who want to develop an exemplary mentoring programme, or upgrade an existing one. The book will help the reader (a) obtain broad-based commitment and participation from key individuals and groups; (b) understand and work harmoniously within the larger environment in which a mentoring programme operates; (c) develop a mentoring committee's capacity to make decisions effectively; (d) support a mentoring programme with pragmatic and effective policies, procedures, and resources.

The book offers down-to-earth discussions and straightforward information supplemented by anecdotes, commentary, examples, and interactive exercises designed to help the reader develop and nurture an exemplary mentoring programme.

Putting Commitment to Work
The Macro-System
Roles and Responsibilities (It Takes a Community to Induct a Teacher)
Policies, Procedures and Particulars
Professional Development for Newly Trained Mentors
Evaluating the Fledgling Mentoring Program
Some Other Programs Related to Mentoring
Inventing the Future
Planning an Exemplary Program


"[Portner] provides concrete suggestions to overcome such problems as lack of time for the mentor-mentee relationship, the difficulty of prioritizing budget items as they relate to one’s mentoring program, providing compensation for mentors, and ethically and legally selecting the best mentors."

Mentoring and Tutoring, Vol. 13, Issue 1, 2005

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