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Mentoring in Action: Guiding, Sharing, and Reflecting With Novice Teachers
A Month-by-Month Curriculum for Teacher Effectiveness

Second Edition
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July 2016 | 312 pages | Corwin

The support you need for mindful mentoring and sustainable teacher success!

Novice teachers bring vitality and optimism to schools. Our role as mentors is to empower novice teachers to grow in their practice and emerge as the leaders of the future. Newly revised and updated, the 2nd edition of Mentoring in Action emphasizes a unique approach: mindful mentoring that aligns your conversations to teaching standards to prepare novice teachers for their teacher evaluation. 

In this book you’ll learn the importance of teacher leadership and how mentoring can influence teacher effectiveness. This flexible twelve-month curriculum helps you:

  • Plan mentoring conversations and observations 
  • Differentiate support to meet the varied needs of novice teachers
  • Set goals to prevent teacher burnout by sharing social and emotional learning skills
  • Gather regular student feedback from student work samples and surveys
  • Integrate the updated INTASC Standards into mentoring conversations

This updated edition includes QR codes and a robust companion website featuring videos, downloadable forms, and a Mentor Planning Guide and Journal for reflection.  Transform your mentoring experience by confidently mentoring your novice teachers with this comprehensive guide!

“Filled with decades of her own teaching, research, and mentoring wisdom, Radford offers a guide to building the mentoring relationship, examples of mentoring in action, and instructions and modeling of purposeful mentoring conversations.”
Dr. Kirsten Olsen, Author of Wounded By School and The Mindful School Leader

“The best mentorship programs include support for the mentors, not just for new teachers. This book provides a roadmap for individual teacher-mentors or those in charge of mentoring programs. Everyone in a position of leadership should read and use this book."
Barbara Levin, Professor and Author of Every Teacher a Leader
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Use with The First Years Matter, the companion guide for novice teachers!

 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction: Welcome to Mentoring in Action!
 
Part I Inducting a Novice Teacher into the Teaching Profession
 
Induction Programs Must Prepare and Support Mentors
 
Mentors Are Teacher Leaders
 
Sustainable Mentoring
 
What Is Mentoring in Action?
 
Principles for Effective Mentoring
 
Qualities and Skills of Effective Mentors
 
Purposeful Mentoring Conversations
 
Part II Month-by-Month Mentoring: Supporting Novice Teachers
 
Why Do We Need a Mentoring Curriculum?
 
A Month-by-Month Cycle for Mentoring
 
The Transformation of a Teacher
 
Orientation to the School and Community: Resources and Values
 
Beginning the School Year Successfully: Creating a Community of Learners in the Classroom
 
Teaching for Understanding: Planning and Delivering Effective Instruction
 
Assessing Diverse Leaders: How do Teachers Know Students Have Learned?
 
Maintaining Balance: Teaching and Keeping the Students Interested
 
Beginning a New Calendar Year: Looking Back and Moving Forward
 
Engaging Students in the Curriculum: Focus on Content through Active Inquiry
 
Collaborating with Novice Teachers: Observing and Building a Trusting Relationship
 
Standards: Creating Meaningful Standards-Based Learning Experiences for Students
 
Assessing Students' Progress: High-Stakes Tests and Teacher Assessment
 
Completing the Year: Paperwork, Relationships, and Closing a Room
 
Final Reflection and Planning For Next Year: Retreat, Reflect, Renew

Supplements

"The Mentoring in Action curriculum will guide the mentors as they work with their mentees, providing some commonality while at the same time allowing for differentiation." 

Joyce English, Grade 1 Teacher
Winthrop Public Schools

"The Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter books have given me so much knowledge and understanding of the mentoring process that I feel more than confident in my ability to direct a mentoring program."

Adam Crawford Crombie, Co-Director of Mentoring
Winthrop Middle School

"This is a terrific resource for mentors and coaches at all levels. It strategically helps mentors reflect on what novice teachers might be thinking and needing, and what they as mentors could be doing to support them. Step by step, Radford guides us through the year. The book is chock full of ideas and questions to use with novice teachers. It's a really useful tool to have on hand."

Jennifer Abrams, Author of Hard Conversations Unpacked and The Multigenerational Workplace

"The 2nd edition of Mentoring in Action: Guiding, Sharing, and Reflecting with Novice Teachers by Carol Pelletier Radford offers a very well-organized and practical roadmap that includes reflections, activities, tips, and forms to support mentors who work with beginning teachers. In addition, the companion website for this book offers extensive resources for mentors including many videos. This book offers support for those who lead by mentoring others whether they are new to mentoring or want to increase their knowledge and skill as a mentor. The best mentorship programs include support for the mentors, not just for new teachers. This book provides a roadmap for that support, whether it is followed by individual teacher-mentors or by those in charge of mentoring programs. In fact, everyone in a position of leadership should read and use the contents of this book."

Barbara Levin, Professor and Author of Every Teacher a Leader
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"Carol Radford is the consummate professional educator. From the outset of my association with her, she has been a conscientious and dedicated administrator, a mentor, and a generous and supportive colleague. Readily able to foster constructive connections between course material and her own exemplary classroom experience, she has consistently provided innovative direction and support to classroom teachers by way of the books she has authored. Generations of educators have and will continue to use them.

Dr. Radford’s commitment to teaching in urban populations has distinguished her contribution to the education profession. I continue to be impressed by her command of relevant research and effective instructional techniques. Her skill is facilitating communication. She effectively addresses the interface between practice and education with the primary objective of identifying the relevant issues in support of human well-being. Dr. Radford is truly a reflective practitioner, and I always appreciate opportunities to learn from her as she continues to clarify the relevant issues in educational practice by way of her latest publications."

Cameron Marzelli, Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
Lesley University

“In a profession that loses 50% of its entering teachers by Year Five, Carol Radford’s Mentoring in Action is a beautiful, wise, month-by-month guide to powerful, mindful mentoring of the novice instructor.  Filled with decades of her own teaching, research and mentoring wisdom, Radford offers a move-by-move guide to building the mentoring relationship, examples of mentoring in action, and instructions and modeling of purposeful mentoring conversations.  This book is a must-buy for any teacher leader, instructional coach, curriculum director…or even the brand-new teacher.  We are lucky to have Mentoring in Action back fully revised and more complete than ever, to access Carol Radford’s wisdom and guidance.”

Dr. Kirsten Olson, Author of Wounded By School and The Mindful School Leader
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Summary of Changes:

·         Twelve month curriculum with the addition of July to reflect

                        August is the teaching chapter that shows how you go through each month teaching reader to download things from the website. Following months will have reminders to go to the website.

·         Alignment to state standards to support novice teacher effectiveness on evaluation

·         Updated wording and titles for all content

·         Introducing the topic of Mindful Mentoring

·         Including student perspectives to mentoring conversations ACTs

·         Streamlining content in book to bring readers to the website to download pages

·         Introducing lesson planning earlier

·         Corwin resources added to CONNECT pages and updating technology links

·         Key Questions to monthly chapter introductions

·         Video introductions to each month

·         Mentoring Conversation videos throughout the book

·         Other videos from MIA website integrated as appropriate i.e. Design Alliance

·         Differentiated ACTs for FYI, Sharing, Mentor Reflection, and Mentoring Conversations

·         Appendix of State examples of teaching standards and/or induction guidelines

·         Companion Website using CW mouse icon to indicate to go to website.

                  Journal sheets for writing,

                  Reflection bubble sheets,

                  Graphics – slides

                  Calendar

               Downloadable forms from ACTs pages as appropriate.

                        Videos as indicated above

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