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Mentoring and Coaching

Mentoring and Coaching
A Lifeline for Teachers in a Multicultural Setting

Edited by:

Foreword by Joan T. Wynne

January 2010 | 176 pages | Corwin
'These two remarkable educators not only document the development of their own relationship from mentor/mentee to professional colleagues, they also draw from their own experiences, research studies, and the real voices of countless new teachers to provide an excellent, hands-on guide for perfecting the mentoring role in multicultural settings. Kudos!' - Lisa Delpit, Eminent Scholar, Executive Director, Center for Urban Education and Innovation

The challenges of teaching in a culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) school, including language barriers, special needs, and teacher isolation, can be especially overwhelming for early-career teachers. This unique book on mentoring and coaching new teachers is specifically designed for multicultural school settings, although educators in all settings can benefit.

The authors draw from their own experience implementing a highly successful coaching programme for new teachers in a large, urban school district. The book offers practical examples anchored in the current theoretical and research base for the professional development of novice teachers in urban as well as non-urban areas. Filled with vignettes that directly capture the real-life experiences of new teachers and their coaches, this volume:

- Illustrates how to develop effective teacher-to-teacher coaching relationships

- Raises readers' awareness of issues that might arise from CLD differences and facilitates more effective communication

- Offers reproducible resources, agendas, and other sample materials for a variety of contexts

This timely and practical book helps coaches give new teachers the support they need to survive and succeed in diverse school settings.

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword, by Joan T. Wynne
About the Authors
1. Teacher-to-Teacher: Making a Difference
Teachers Making a Difference

Enhanced Personal Growth


From the Voice of Magda

From the Voice of Denise

2. The Voice of the Struggling Teacher
Typical Stages of Teacher Development



Managing Tips

3. Teacher Leaders and Their Roles as Mentors
Teachers as Leaders


The Role of the Mentor

What Do the Voices of New Teachers Say About Mentors and Their Roles

What We Now Know

4. Characteristics of Effective Coaching
Components of Effective Coaching

Designs for Effective Peer Coaching

The Art of Coaching

Coaching and Intergenerational and Cultural-Linguistic Differences

5. Communication
Intercultural Communication

Nonverbal Communication

Listening in Intercultural Settings

Intergenerational Differences in Communication

Written Communication

Intercultural Communication and the Standards of the Profession

Appendix 5.1: Project GATE Newsletter

6. Mentoring in a Large Multicultural Urban District: Induction Programs and a Case Study
What Does the Research Say About Retention of Beginning Teachers?

What an Induction Program Should Look Like

A Case Study

Appendix 6.1: Beginning Teacher Questionnaire

Appendix 6.2: Interview Question Guide

Appendix 6.3: Project GATE (Getting Assistance for Teaching Effectively) 2006?2007 School Year

Appendix 6.4: Sample Special Education Mentor Teacher Application

Appendix 6.5: Sample Special Education New- and Early-Career Teacher Application

Appendix 6.6: Project GATE 2006?2007 Yearly Calendar At-a-Glance

7. Professional Development Through Learning Opportunities
Professional Development

Professional Development That Embraces Diversity

Facilitating Adult Learning Opportunities Effectively

Study Groups

Instructional Data Discussions

Professional Learning Communities


Personal and Professional Growth

8. Lessons Learned
What We Have Learned

What Are the Lessons Learned, and, Just as Important, From Whom Did We Learn Them?

From the Voices of Two Teachers

What Are the Connecting Threads Woven Into the Experiences of Successful Mentoring Relationships and Successful New Teachers?

Glossary of Terms

"These two remarkable educators not only document the development of their own relationship from mentor/mentee to professional colleagues, they also draw from their own experiences, research studies, and the real voices of countless new teachers to provide an excellent, hands-on guide for perfecting the mentoring role in multicultural settings. Kudos!"

Lisa Delpit, Eminent Scholar, Executive Director
Center for Urban Education and Innovation

"The authors take an important multicultural approach to mentoring by showing how teachers from different cultural heritages translate concepts into practices. Their concrete examples at different grade levels explain how struggling teachers can become successful. Easy to read and understand, this book contains valuable resources, self-assessment tools, and tips for effective communication that will ensure successful implementation of mentoring programs."

Ann Nevin, Professor Emerita
Arizona State University

"In this book you hear the voices of new teachers who have struggled with the myriad of challenges that drive so many good and potentially effective teachers out of a career in education. Mentoring and coaching has made a difference in the professional lives of many motivated and talented teachers who have, in turn, improved the learning outcomes of their students. Gudwin and Salazar provide a realistic and practical guide to successful mentoring and coaching that is grounded in their own successful experiences with struggling teachers and students.”

Ronald Felton, Associate Director
Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative

“Sustaining young, spirited, gifted teachers in our public schools, especially in our urban systems, is one of our country’s greatest challenges in education. This book, written by two educators who have brilliantly faced that challenge and helped create a comprehensive program to retain those teachers, is a blueprint for the nation’s 'way out' of losing the very people who can inspire a higher level of academic achievement for our children."

Joan T. Wynne, Professor and Associate Director, Center for Urban Education & Innovation
Florida International University

“Using the voices of teachers, mentors, and school leaders, this book is an insightful analysis of the role that mentoring and teacher induction programs play in the retention and success of urban public school teachers. A must-read for all stakeholders serious about teacher success in today’s challenged climate surrounding public education. This book represents the hope that is necessary to retain the next generation of public school teachers."

Louie F. Rodriguez, Assistant Professor
Florida International University

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Chapter 1

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