ERIC Number: ED402031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
The Give and Take of Mentoring.
Adler, C. Ralph; Harvell, Cynthia
The study described in this issue of "Look at Even Start" evaluated the Staff Mentoring Sites program, a mentoring program provided as technical assistance in Even Start family literacy programs. Staff from five Even Start programs with successful family recruitment and retention records were selected as mentors. Requests for nominations for partnering sites resulted in nominations from 34 programs in 20 states; 15 programs were selected. Mentors were trained at a two-day planning meeting in which they developed a framework for the project and practiced activities they would implement at their partner sites. Evaluation and informal phone interviews indicated that "mentees" identified several benefits of the mentoring program: (1) increased awareness of the importance of recruitment and retention; (2) the identification of areas of overlap with other social service agencies; (3) enhanced recognition of the value of staff development and teaming to make effective program changes; (4) improved self-confidence in administrators; and (5) the receipt of support and encouragement. Mentors reported that they developed, refined, and polished their own skills as mentors and in their work in their own programs. The evaluation suggested five basic steps to successful mentoring programs: (1) be ready to participate; (2) build ownership and commitment; (3) develop a framework; (4) commit time and resources; and (5) evaluate the program. Steps for implementing mentoring in family literacy programs and annotated resources on literacy and mentoring are provided. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Administrators, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Interviews, Literacy Education, Mentors, Professional Development, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Recruitment, Staff Development, Technical Assistance
RMC Research Coeporation, 1000 Market St., Portsmouth, NH 03801.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Policy and Planning (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: RMC Research Corp., Portsmouth, NH.