NGRESA INDUCTION SUPPORT BLOG
Let’s Succeed Together
ABOUT OUR EFFORTS
Consulting with Purpose
Beginning last year, NGRESA began examining induction practices throughout our district and we continue this work to create more continuity in our RESA district.
WHY IS THIS WORK SO IMPORTANT?
Our Commitment to New Educators
We firmly believe that the majority of successful educators have been positively influenced by a mentor teacher in their school building. With approximately 44% of public school teachers leaving the classroom within the first five years, we must do our part to support and retain them from day one.
As a professional Educational Consultant , I believe in maintaining a positive mindset, creating partnerships with a purpose, and always striving for significant outcomes. Contact us today to see how you can get involved with our induction efforts at NGRESA.
AS A MENTOR, WHAT IS MY JOB?
A mentor is someone who helps new teachers to recognize what they know and can do. They also help strengthen teachers' ability to make more effective use of their knowledge. Most of all a good mentor will strive to support teachers as they learn and grow as an educator.
Forget the days of a mentor just "being there" when your mentee needs something. A mentor is not just simply a supervisor. They are also not someone who simply ensures that teachers meet job requirements sufficiently and continue to in subsequent years.
THREE QUALITIES OF A MENTOR
#1 - Possess Expertise - In content area, teaching strategies, differentiation, special education accommodations, etc.
#2 - Build Trust - Both with other teachers and administrators
#3 - Be a Good Facilitator - Of dialogue and team work, assessing teacher needs, and actively providing support and feedback, etc.
AS A MENTOR, AM I SUPPOSED TO OBSERVE MY MENTEE?
A good, supportive mentor will most definitely make time to visit their mentee's classroom. This is not meant to create any resentment or stress, but will allow the more experienced teacher to record what they observe and then follow-up with the new teacher.
Some suggestions for ways to observe mentees and collect information are: 1) Write down only facts, never opinions, 2) Record discussions between the teacher and other students like praise and/or directions, and 3) Implement the use of a seating chart to keep up with when the teacher speaks to a student, when a student speaks to another student, or to record students on task.
NGRESA'S FIVE SCHOOL DISTRICTS
PROUDLY SERVING . . .
Cherokee, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield County School Districts
STEPS TO GUIDE THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A DISTRICT INDUCTION PROGRAM
The Path to Success
STEP 1 & 2: SELF-ASSESSMENT & DEVELOP
Will help districts gauge current levels of support and assess needs to provide a more targeted induction program.
STEP 5 & 6: REVISE AND CONTINUOUSLY MONITOR
At times we realize that changes must be made with most educational practices. The revising process is part of the educational process. So as we implement and continually monitor, we must revise processes and programs from time to time.
STEP 2 & 3: IMPLEMENT & REFLECT
Will assist districts in the implementation process once their induction support program is further developed. Will also stress the importance of stopping to reflect on progress periodically.
We have a choice. We can simply defend what we have . . . or create what they (teachers and mentors) need."
Struggling to create a viably strong induction program and/or support? Contact us today and see what we can do for you.
4731 Old Hwy 5 S
Ellijay, Gilmer County 30540