Engaging and Supporting New Teachers Through Mentorship
June 28 and 30, 2022
With teacher attrition occurring at a historically high level, school leaders must recognize the need for a high quality mentor program to support and retain new teachers. Research shows that new teachers cycle through a series of phases within their first year of teaching (E. Moir, 1990). A high quality mentor program recognizes and understands those phases, addresses the logistical needs of a new teacher within a system, and allows the new teachers to set goals for their first year with guidance and support from their mentors.
As a result of this workshop, school leaders and instructional coaches will:
Identify the phases that occur within the first year of teaching and understand how those phases impact the new teacher’s experiences
Recognize the importance of designing and implementing a mentor program using specific guidelines and timelines
Have access to a variety of resources and examples from successful mentoring programs ranging from welcoming activities to monthly professional development opportunities to planning for their second year of teaching
Develop a checklist to guide mentors and their mentees through professional goal setting, implementation, and monitoring of their personal progress towards that goal
Shannon Schultz is a special education teacher in the Fond du Lac (WI) School District. Shannon currently serves as an instructional coach for teachers of students K-12. As a special education instructional coach, Shannon’s assignment includes coaching and collaborating with general educators, special educators, reading specialists, and teachers of English Language learners. This collaboration and coaching focuses on utilizing the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to provide equitable, accessible, and engaging learning opportunities for all students. Shannon also enjoys providing professional development sessions and engaging in professional book clubs focused on Universal Design for Learning.
Terese Weiler is a Gifted and Talented Instructional Coach in the Fond du Lac (WI) School District. She has taught second through fifth grades, served as an instructional support teacher as well as a math interventionist (MRIS). Terese earned her Gifted and Talented Coordinator license through UW-Whitewater in 2017. As a GT instructional coach, she collaborates with general and special education teachers to design appropriate instruction to high ability/potential students, in grades K-12. Terese also enjoys providing professional development sessions and engaging in professional book clubs focused on Universal Design for Learning.