ERIC Number: EJ879540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Reference Count: 5
Mentoring Matters: Designing a Mentor Program
McCann, Thomas M., Ed.; Johannessen, Larry R., Ed.
English Journal, v99 n4 p94-96 Mar 2010
The initiation, organization, and management of a mentor program will be complicated. In the end, at the center of a mentor program are people who are eager to help their colleagues and who have developed some skills for coaching others as they encounter challenges and as they grow as professionals. In this article, the authors offer a rudimentary guide for designing a mentor program. They base the suggestions on the results of evaluations of mentor programs that invited both the mentors and the proteges to evaluate their experiences. The authors review and briefly describe each of the critical components in designing a mentoring program. These include (1) recruiting and selecting mentors; (2) matching mentors with proteges; (3) communicating effectively; (4) training and support; (5) observations and meetings; (6) documentation and reflection; and (7) ongoing evaluation.
Descriptors: Mentors, Program Design, Recruitment, Selection, Placement, Communication (Thought Transfer), Training, Observation, Meetings, Reflection, Program Evaluation, Beginning Teachers, Experienced Teachers, English Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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