ERIC Number: ED362352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Mentoring Entry Year Teachers in Rural Communities: A Model Program.
Hersh, Susan B.; And Others
This report evaluates a pilot program designed by a county school district and a local college to meet the needs of entry-year teachers in rural Clinton County, Ohio. The county consists of three local school districts serving approximately 4,800 students. The model used a full-time county mentor-teacher who was shared by local school districts, with on-site school support provided by 11 buddy teachers. The mentor and alternates participated in 50 hours of training at Wilmington College (Ohio), covering adult learning styles, developmental stages of beginning teachers, observation, supervision, feedback, and conferencing. The mentor teacher was then responsible for training the buddy teachers in the local districts. Additionally, monthly workshops were held for the buddy teachers and entry teachers on topics such as time management, parent conferencing, individualized instruction, planning, and use of electronic communication. College facilitators were available to the mentor or buddy teachers through a computer network. Survey results indicate that both the entry teachers and buddy teachers experienced increased confidence, a feeling of belonging, and a sense of professionalism. This program allowed small school districts that could not hire a full-time mentor to share the incurred expenses and instructional resources required for the program. In addition, it decreased isolation and gave rural first-year teachers the opportunity to form alliances. Appendices include sample surveys and results. (LP)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, College School Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Mentors, Pilot Projects, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Districts, Shared Resources and Services
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ohio (Clinton County)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).