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Mentoring Builds Leadership Skills and Teacher Effectiveness


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Mentoring Builds Leadership Skills and Teacher Effectiveness
June 27, 3:15 – 4:15pm, Room: Union B
Mentoring can build skills for 21st century leadership. The new evaluation structure, the need to retain new teachers, and the necessary focus on collaboration are among the challenges that can be positively impacted with an effective mentoring program. Participants of this session will be provided with information and activities to assist with implementing a mentoring system. Come and learn how mentoring can increase teacher effectiveness.
Main Presenter: Robert Rayburn, Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical School

Published in: Education, Business
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Mentoring Builds Leadership Skills and Teacher Effectiveness

  1. 1. Mentoring BuildsLeadership Skills And Teacher Effectiveness
  2. 2. Mentoring’s Importance The Resident Educator Program increases the need for mentoring in Ohio as well as creating more teacher leadership opportunities. The most frequently occurring number of years on the job for teachers is dropping in schools. (Nat’l School & Staffing Survey data– 1987-88 15 years, 2003-04 1 to 5 years, 2007-08 one year.) Many schools are losing teachers within the 1st 5 years. How do you retain teachers? Teacher morale is lower. (MetLife Survey of the American Teacher)
  3. 3. Teacher Effectiveness Skills of an effective teacher include:  Good communication skills  Reflection on work  Using well chosen instructional strategies  Well developed listening skills Attitudes of effective teachers include: • Growth mindset • Commitment to students and community • Truly believe all people can learn
  4. 4. Mentoring & Leadership The goal of this presentation is to convince you that mentoring will build teacher leaders. Mentoring can be a stepping stone to a more effective teaching/learning environment. The skills and tools used for mentoring help teachers develop the leadership skills necessary for success as a teacher leader. Teacher leaders are created through effort and not natural selection. There is more to it than having or not having skills.
  5. 5. Building leadership
  6. 6. Mentoring is Required We know that mentors are part of professional development such as the Resident Educator (RE) program in Ohio. We should know the skills needed to be a successful mentor and the benefits to the teachers involved in the process. Build leaders while meeting requirements = double the benefits for your time commitment
  7. 7. Effective Mentoring Requires: The ability to build adult relationships and collaborate. Skills in articulating teaching strategies, analyzing evidence, and supporting teacher growth. The ability to work with all who have a stake in a beginning teacher’s success. The ability to work with administrators who supervise new teachers while maintaining confidentiality to gain the teacher’s trust (EL. 5/2010, “What Mentors Learn About Teaching” p.80 )
  8. 8. Teacher to Leader “Mentors gained a “global view” that affected their vision of good schools and good teaching. – EL 5/2010 page 77 A group of teacher leaders can supply the variety of professional knowledge needed to sustain school improvement. –Danielson EL 9/2011 page 16 Teacher leaders have the desire to contribute to a wider audience. Building the skills needed to work with and communicate to that audience can be enhanced through mentoring.
  9. 9. Teacher Leadership
  10. 10. Formative Assessment for Leadership An effective Mentoring program allows for teacher growth in a learning environment. Mentoring encourages differentiation in leadership development. Mentoring provides a platform for development of leadership skills. Teacher leadership does not have to happen by accident or individual teacher initiative.
  11. 11. Building Leader
  12. 12. Examples of Actions Micro Mondays – ½ hour on Mondays at the end of the day to discuss professional topics of choice. Trained group leaders, provide an open environment for trust and the Building Leadership Team publishes topics of discussion later. Teacher initiated investigations such as grading structure are encouraged and supported. FAC – Allow teachers to bring issues that concern them to a monthly meeting where all work to respect viewpoints and resolve issues. Equal voices.
  13. 13. It’s Not About You!It’s about creating a more successful learning environment.
  14. 14. It’s not about you!If, as a teacher, I present the same lessons in the same manner that I have in the past; I seek no feedback from my students; I do not analyze and evaluate their work in a manner that changes my own emphasis, repertoire, and timing; Others from the audience?Then I have absolutely no way to become a better teacher. (Glickman. Page 5)
  15. 15. It’s not about you! If, as an administrator,  I stay in my office and complete my paperwork;  I delegate only clerical tasks to teachers;  I do not analyze and evaluate teachers’ work in a manner that changes my own emphasis, repertoire, and interaction with teachers;  Others from the audience Then, I have absolutely no way to move from managing things to leadership of people in the organization.
  16. 16. A Leadership Resource Structure, organizati on and policy suggestions to build a learning community
  17. 17. Chapter Titles Building Professional Relationships Mentoring New Teachers Organizing Study Groups Coaching Leading and Supporting Collaboration Building and Sustaining Learning Communities Appendix: Monthly Focus Chart for Mentoring
  18. 18. Chapter 6 Example Identifying And Supporting Teacher Leaders Identification enhances leadership talents & helps ensure continuous nurturing of new leadership Sources for New Teacher Leaders – Figure 6.5  Existing ranks of leaders – formal positions  Teachers recognized for excellence  Professional development plans  Identify emerging leaders in curriculum work, assessment development etc.  Leaders in processes related to the learning org. – mentor training, policy & procedure review  Ask – make a specific invitation for a task / benefits
  19. 19. Resource for Mentors
  20. 20. Leadership Examples
  21. 21. Leadership StylesLearning Advocates Believers TransformationalistSynergizer Method Masters Fully Invested OwnerPresent Balance Keeper ServantInquisitor Detective
  22. 22. Defining Teacher Leadership What are teacher leaders? Formal Teacher leaders – department chairs, master teacher, instructional coach etc. Informal Teacher Leaders –they just emerge, influence comes from peers’ respect for their expertise & practice Teachers with the ability to collaborate with others Teachers that exhibit persuasiveness, open- mindedness, flexibility, confidence, and expertise in their fields Opportunity to build leadership skills – curriculum & assessment design, data analysis etc. Also skills to facilitate group meetings, listen carefully, decide on a course of action, and monitor progress (Danielson EL Sept. 2007, Page 16)
  23. 23. Defining Teacher Leadership How to build teacher leaders Layer the learning-don’t overwhelm teachers Promote social interaction- personal level Spotlight success- teams & individuals Ink practice sessions into the weekly schedule Use “us” language It’s not a choice- collaboration, support the team Dare to delegate(JSD Spring 2005 Vol. 26, No. 2 Page 19)
  24. 24. Resources Mentoring Beginning Teachers: guiding, reflecting, coaching /Jean Boreen etc. Stenhouse Publishers. ISBN 978-1-57110-742-8 Creating Dynamic Schools Through Mentoring, Coaching, and Collaboration / Judy Carr etc. ISBN 13: 978-1-4166-0296-5 Leadership for Learning: How to Help Teachers Succeed / Carl D. Glickman. ASCD. ISBN 0-87120-596-3 Mirror Images: New Reflections on Teacher Leadership / Casey Reason & Clair Reason. ISBN:9781412994040
  25. 25. Resources Continued School Leadership that Works /Marzano etc. ASCD ISBN 1-4166-0227-5 Educational Leadership. Vol. 65 NO. 1 / September 2007 (Teachers as Leaders is the theme of issue) Educational Leadership. Vol. 69 NO. 2 /October 2011 (Coaching The New Leadership Skill- theme) The Journal of the National Staff Development Council. Vol. 26 NO. 2 / Spring 2005 (Leadership at the school level is the theme)
  26. 26. Thank Youfor exploring together.Questions?