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ERIC Number: ED376168
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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The Anatomy of a Mentoring Program for Beginning Urban Teachers.
Freiberg, Melissa R.; And Others
This study outlines and evaluates an urban school district's mentoring program in which 18 veteran teachers are selected to serve as full-time mentors for up to 10 beginning teachers or 4 persons participating in an alternative certification program. Methods of data collection included surveys and focus group interviews with mentor teachers, beginning teachers, building principals, and 10 members of the Mentor Board (comprised of principals, central office personnel, teachers, union officials, and a mentor teacher representative). According to the data analysis, general agreement was reached on the following points: (1) the program demonstrated the district's commitment to supporting beginning teachers; (2) teachers and administrators were willing to allocate resources to fund the project; (3) beginning teachers, mentor teachers, and principals were able to make a direct connection between mentoring novices and better learning for students; (4) mentor teachers considered their clients to be the students as much as or even more than the beginning teachers; (5) the role of the mentor teacher was to provide feedback on teaching performance and class management, and to be a model to follow, a guide through mounds of paperwork, and assurance that all teachers have the same fears and problems. Respondents' comments and nine statistical tables are included. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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