ERIC Number: ED429753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
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Mentoring: A Collegial Partnership.
Cruzeiro, Patricia A.; Morgan, Robert L.
This paper describes the Entry Year Assistance Program (EYAP), a mentoring program for novice teachers, offered by the School of Education at Chadron State College (Nebraska). The program supports beginning teachers who are geographically isolated in Nebraska's panhandle. A discussion of the theoretical basis for teacher mentoring includes guidelines that can be used to ensure support for neophyte teachers. EYAP is an example of a partnership between a college of education and local school districts. Local school district officials participated in developing EYAP in 1985. Program features include visitation by faculty to beginning teachers at their respective school sites, seminars held on campus, and luncheons for new teachers. The fact that the new teachers decide on the seminar topics to be discussed is an especially positive aspect of the program. Concerns of the beginning teachers become areas for program improvement. In this collaborative approach to beginning teacher mentoring, all participants come to share and solve problems. Recently, preservice teachers have begun attending the seminars as observers who take notes and report back to their methods classes on what they learned about the first year of teaching. Legislation has mandated teacher mentoring in Nebraska, and EYAP has been chosen by the Nebraska State Education Association as the model to replicate for state mentoring. Contains 22 references. (CDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska