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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University of New Mexico Mentoring Conference Oct 29-Nov 1, 2013


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:

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Teacher Mentorship: A Provincial Conversation

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

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UBC Investigating Our Practices Conference (Call For Proposals)


“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:

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BCTF Research Report Explores the Future of BC Education

Charlie Naylor’s recent publication, “It takes a village to raise a child”: Educational futures in the troubled ‘village’ of British Columbia”, attempts to:

“1. continue the exploration of educational futures which includes but is not limited to consideration of the BC Education Plan.
2. consider how to change the context of BC’s education system so that environments for students’ learning and teachers’ work are improved, and parent/community perceptions and satisfaction are increased.”

Support for new teachers is set within the context of ongoing curricular and policy conversations occurring in British Columbia:

“BC is also greatly lacking in its support for new teachers, though a preliminary step towards developing a provincial mentoring approach was taken in July of 2012 by the government with a grant of over $300,000 for mentoring in three BC school districts (Haida Gwai’i, Kootenay- Columbia, and Kamloops-Thompson). Quite separate from the recent government initiative is the excellent networking of the Teacher Mentorship Network created in 2009. This predominantly-lower-mainland group has met regularly for three years, built a website, shared resources, approaches, and ideas about mentoring, and could be the foundation of building better networks to support new teachers through induction and mentoring. The knowledge and the potential capacity exist in groups such as this, but they are not systemically supported in BC; instead, the Teacher Mentorship Network’s impressive efforts are maintained by predominantly middle-level leaders in districts and unions as they do this work ‘off the side of their desk’ because they see the value of networking. This is exactly the kind of skilled and capable networking that could be expanded if there were a new level of investment in professional learning using those existing groups like the Teacher Mentorship Network as foundations. ” (p. 17)

For the full report, including analysis of Michael Fullan, Ben Levin, and Andy Hargreaves, click here.


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