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Resources for Mentors and Administrators

A Better Beginning: Supporting and Mentoring New Teachers ed. by Marge Scherer. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 1999.

Sharon Feiman-Nemser and Ellen Moir, noted leaders in new teacher induction, are among the contributors to this book, which includes sections addressing the needs of new teachers, induction program planning, meaningful mentoring, comprehensive teacher support, improvement of instruction, and communication.

Coaching and Mentoring First Year and Student Teachers by India J. Podsen and Vicki M. Denmark. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education, 2000.

A handbook for a systematic approach to new/student teacher induction and mentoring, this book provides a number of checklists, planning guidelines, and assessment tools on teacher standards, mentoring tasks, modeling and observations, conferencing with teachers, effective teaching, and professional leadership.

Cultivating High-Quality Teaching Through Induction and Mentoring by Carol A. Bartell. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2005.

Primarily targeted toward program coordinators, this book includes a description of the key elements of effective induction, including the role of mentoring, and models of assessment during the induction period. A special section focuses on the unique needs of urban schools.

Finders and Keepers: Helping New Teachers Survive and Thrive in Our Schools by Susan Moore Johnson and The Project on the Next Generation of Teachers. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley and Sons, 2004.

Susan Moore Johnson and her team did a longitudinal study of fifty new teachers during their first years in the classroom. This book highlights ten of those, and the lessons we can learn about new teacher induction from their stories.

From First-Year to First-Rate: Principals Guiding Beginning Teachers, 2nd ed. by Barbara L. Brock and Marilyn L. Grady. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2001.

This book explicitly lays out the principal’s role in inducting new teachers into the profession. It includes some specific assessment tools and descriptions of real-life problems faced by new teachers.

How to Help Beginning Teachers Succeed, 2nd edition by Stephen P. Gordon and Susan Maxey. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2000.

This revised edition of a popular guide to new teacher induction includes a profile of new teacher needs and a comprehensive look at induction program planning. New sections address tips on using mentors, as well as information on ongoing assistance and inducting veteran teachers new to a school.

Mentoring Matters: A Practical Guide to Learning-focused Relationships, 2nd ed. by Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman. Sherman, CT: Miravia LLC, 2003.

This comprehensive reference for mentoring provides an exploration of the role of the mentor and the development of the mentor-protegee relationship, descriptions of strategies and frameworks for learning-focused conversations, and a number of practical tips for working with new teachers.

Mentors in the Making: Developing New Leaders for New Teachers ed. by Betty Achinstein and Steven Z. Athaneses. New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 2006.

The editors provide a variety of writings that explore the knowledge base of effective mentors by looking at empirical research, practitioner action inquiry, and field-tested practices from induction programs in diverse educational contexts.

New Teacher Induction: How to Train, Support, and Retain New Teachers by Annette L. Breaux and Harry K. Wong. Mountainview, CA: Harry K. Wong Publications, Inc., 2003.

With descriptions of successful induction programs from around the nation, this book provides a variety of ideas for supporting and retaining new teachers, and for providing training to ensure that they are teaching effectively from the first day of school on.

21st Century Mentor’s Handbook: Creating a Culture for Learning by Paula Rutherford. Alexandria, VA: Just ASK Publications, 2005.

This handbook for mentors takes the most current research on the needs of new teachers and how best to serve them, and translates it into practical suggestions for mentors. The focus is on helping new teachers learn quickly so they can accelerate the learning of their students. The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM.

 

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