Mentoring Conversation on CBC’s ‘The Current’

Some interesting perspectives about mentorship in political and corporate contexts. What is mentorship, what is it not, and what are its potential benefits? Arlene Dickinsen, Judy Rebick and Alex Johnston share their thoughts….

Can Mentorship Help Smash the Glass Ceiling?

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BCTF TTOC Research and Resources

To explore the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation research and resources regarding TTOCs (Teachers Teaching on Call), click on the link below. You will find a broad range of resources, videos and policy documents regarding the work and experiences of TTOCs.

BCTF TTOC Resource Page


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Spotlight: Delta School District Mentoring Program

At our January 20th TMBC network meeting, mentoring coordinator Heidi Gonzalez gave an overview of current mentorship initiatives in Delta School District, including selection and professional learning opportunities for mentors, as well as the organization of mentoring support for beginning teachers. Heidi’s powerpoint (PDF) below.

Spotlight Delta School District Mentoring


Full Circle, Susan Point
(Coast Salish)

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TTOCs Views on School Culture

At our January 20th TMBC network meeting, Ken Christensen (Coquitlam Teachers’ Association 2nd Vice President) presented highlights of his recently completed (congratulation, Ken!) masters thesis entitled, “Teachers Teaching on Call (TTOCs): Their Views on School Culture.”

To see Ken’s complete study findings, click below.


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BCTF New Teacher Mentoring Project

Check out the latest newsletter from the BCTF New Teacher Mentoring Project.

Additional information:

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Teacher Mentorship: A Provincial Conversation

Teacher Mentorship BC, the BC Teachers’ Federation, the New Teacher Mentoring Project, and the UBC Teacher Education Office are proud to sponsor a provincial conference on mentoring featuring Lois Zachary.

Registration is now open.

Date:  April 10–11, 2014

Location:   Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, 8181 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC


Thursday April 10        4:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Registration, no-host bar, buffet dinner, panel discussion with Maureen Dockendorff, Linda Farr Darling, Monica Pamer, Melody Li, and Glen Hansman. Moderated by Nancy Hinds.

Friday April 11              8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Breakfast, lunch, all-day workshop with Lois Zachary

Conference poster and conference menus.


  • For single registrants–$175.00
  • For groups of three or more from a district or organization registering together* before January 31, 2014–$150.00 per person
  • All registrations after January 31, 2014–$175.00 per person

*To register a group, one person may register online and pay on behalf of the others in the group. Individual names can be confirmed through e-mail to Wendy Leslie, not later than April 3, 2014.

All registrations are non-refundable after March 28.

Register online nowBoth BCTF members and non-BCTF members should use this same form. You should receive a confirmation e-mail right away.

Register by mail and pay by cheque by downloading the registration form.
Deadline for receipt of mail-in registrations is March 28, 2014.
You will receive a confirmation e-mail once your registration is processed.


Rooms will be available at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport at a special rate of $119 plus taxes per night. Participants must ask for the “mentoring conference” rate.  Room availability and rate are guaranteed only until March 10, 2014.

Book directly with the hotel by calling 1-800-333-3333 or 604-279-8384, or by e-mailing

Confirmed rooms cancelled within 48 hours of arrival will be charged a cancellation fee of one night’s room and tax.


The Radisson is accessible by Canada Line. (The Canada Line services the Vancouver airport.)  Complimentary parking is available for hotel overnight guests on Level 5 of the President Plaza parkade (blue zone only).  Complimentary parking is available for meeting participants in the parking lot in front of the hotel, Level 2 or 3, and Level 5 (blue zone only) of the President Plaza parkade.

Please do NOT park at the T&T Supermarket or at the Yaohan Shopping Centre at any time.

Contact us:

For more information about the event, please contact:

Wendy Leslie
c/o BC Teachers’ Federation
604-871-1814 or 1-800-663-9163, local 1814

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Teaching in the Early Years

Are the following questions of interest to you?

  1. Can the sources of attrition within the first five years of teaching be determined?  Why do teachers leave and where do they go?
  2. To what extent are mentorship programs and other induction practices being used in Alberta schools and how effective are they?
  3. How do working conditions and school cultures affect early-career professional development?

If yes, you may wish to read the following report on the final year of a unique five-year longitudinal study of beginning teachers that the Alberta Teachers’ Association embarked on in 2008.

Servage, L., & Beck, J. (2013). Teaching in the early years of practice: A five-year longitudinal study. The Alberta Teachers’ Association.

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Delta’s Teacher Mentorship Program

Delta - Full Circle

“Teacher induction needs to do more than just ease new teachers’ entry into their role;
it needs to welcome them into a collaborative professional learning community.”

Feiman-Nemser, S. (2012). Beyond Solo Teaching. Educational Leadership, 69 (8), 10-16.

Last Spring, Delta’s Teacher Mentorship Program was revamped and has grown to include 25 Teacher Mentors and 35 Protégés across the district.  This past month was an exciting time for the program as Mentors and Protégés met in their small, collaborative learning teams for the first time.  All across the district, Mentorship teams took the opportunity to meet for half a day to share and reflect upon what is working in their classrooms, what isn’t and what action piece could be explored before their next team meeting.

Delta’s current Teacher Mentorship Program is different than traditional mentorship models in three distinct ways:

  1. it is a team-based approach to mentorship,
  2. it involves mentors who view themselves as a ‘guide on the side’  rather than a ‘sage on the stage’ and
  3. each Mentorship team is unique and addresses the particular needs of  team members

Read more… 

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October 28th Meeting Documents (For Your Reference)

Here are some documents you may wish to access during our Monday October 28th network meeting at Schou Education Centre (4041 Canada Way) in Burnaby.

Thank you to all our contributors for generously sharing their work with us.

TMBC October 28, 2013 Agenda

Carr & Obojski (2013) The ABCs of Mentoring for New Teachers (Full Report)

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TMBC Network Meeting October 28, 2013

Our next Teacher Mentorship BC network meeting will be held Monday October 28th, 2013 at Schou Education Centre (4041 Canada Way in Burnaby), beginning 8:30am with morning coffee and networking time.

Please RSVP and send agenda/discussion items to



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