“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:
- it is a team-based approach to mentorship,
- it involves mentors who view themselves as a ‘guide on the side’ rather than a ‘sage on the stage’ and
- each Mentorship team is unique and addresses the particular needs of team members
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)
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 Anne_Hales@sd42.ca.
The 6th annual UNM mentoring conference will include a presentation by a team from Simon Fraser University Field Programs:
MacDonald, M. Rosehart, P. Banuke, L. Blazevich, D. Chi, B. Donovan, L. Sigaty, K. Templeton, M. Liminal Moments: Our Journeys as Leaders and Mentors.
For conference information: http://mentor.unm.edu/conference/
Save the Date!
On April 10-11, 2014 join fellow BC Educators working to support new teachers.
April 10th Provincial Panel and Forum (5pm – 8pm)
April 11th Full day Workshop with Lois Zachary (9am – 3pm)
Conference Venue and Accommodations:
Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada)
Teacher Mentorship: A Provincial Conversation Flyer
“On May 11th, 2013 UBC hosts the 16th Annual IOP Conference where practicing teachers, university educators, graduate students and student teachers from different educational contexts (schools, universities and colleges) come together to share their questions, investigations and understandings about their practice. The conference stresses dialogue among participants; presentations are intended to provoke and inform discussion.
Teaching is demanding and complex work, made more difficult if we try to do it in isolation or without sharing and exploring our understandings together. In order to better understand and improve our practice, many of us engage in classroom, program or institution-based investigations focusing on the what, the how and the why of our practice.
Conference proposals are being accepted until February 26, 2013.
For more information, go to the Conference website at: