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Comprehensive Mentoring Programs for New Teachers

Comprehensive Mentoring Programs for New Teachers
Models of Induction and Support

Second Edition
Edited by:

Foreword by Charlotte Danielson

September 2009 | 240 pages | Corwin
This revised edition by mentoring expert Susan Villani examines comprehensive mentoring programs for new teachers and provides in-depth examples of successful program models. The book describes the roles of mentors, the ways mentors support new teachers and educators, and mentor preparation, and offers five factors to consider when developing a comprehensive mentoring program. Administrators and staff development leaders will find detailed descriptions of 18 real-world mentoring programs, including:

- State, district, regional, and national programs

- Programs that support new special education teachers

- Programs specifically for math and science teachers

- A collaborative program involving three institutions

- The book also offers a rubric on seven components of comprehensive mentoring programs for readers to use in assessing their own settings and thinking more about which aspects of their program they would like to enhance or develop.

Foreword by Charlotte Danielson
Part I. Supporting New Teachers to Accelerate Their Effectiveness and Keep Them in the Profession
1. Addressing the Needs of New Teachers and Supporting Their Learning
Major Causes of the Shortage of Teachers

Impact of High Teacher Turnover on Students

Financial Cost of High Teacher Turnover

Induction and Mentoring Programs Improve Teacher Retention

Defining Induction, Mentoring, and Comprehensive Mentoring Programs

The Needs of New Teachers

Five Phases Experienced by First-Year Teachers

2. A Closer Look at Mentoring
Mentors: Supporters, Guides, and Sometimes Reformers

The Mentor’s Role

Ways Mentors Support New Teachers

Mentor Preparation

Stages of Mentor Growth

Professional Development That Addresses the Varied Needs of New Teachers

Benefits of Comprehensive Mentoring Programs to the Entire School Community

3. Factors to Consider While Thinking About Program Development


Roles of Shareholders



School Staff

Coordinators/Steering Committee

Collaboration Inside and Outside

New Teacher Evaluation and Confidentiality

Part II. Charts of Program Highlights, Commentary, and Program Descriptions
4. District Programs
Glendale, AZ

Oconee, GA

Muscatine, IA

Dover-Sherborn, MA

Vicksburg Community Schools, MI

Saint Paul, MN

Rochester City, NY

Columbus, OH

5. State Programs
California - BTSA- Stockton Unified School District

Connecticut - BEST- North Haven High School

State of New Jersey

6. Regional or National Efforts to Specifically Support New Mathematics and Science Teachers



7. District and University Programs That Support New Special Education Teachers
Fairfax County - Great Beginnings

Special School District, St. Louis

University of Hawaii

8. Collaboration Between Three Institutions to Support New Teachers
Georgia State and NCTAF

Part III. Now What?
9. Developing a Comprehensive Mentoring Program

“This book provides various models of comprehensive programs implemented in school districts around the country. It confirms the importance of mentoring to retain teachers, maintain consistency in academic programming, and develop a culture of continuous improvement in professional practice. This book is a significant addition to the literature on mentoring in the education profession.”

Gail Connelly, Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals

“Susan Villani presents comprehensive mentoring programs as catalysts for school improvement and reflective practice. With a wealth of tools and models for establishing effective programs, Villani also addresses cultural competence, peer coaching, and retention of math, science, and special education teachers. Following Villani’s framework will strengthen professional learning communities and improve the effectiveness of our most valuable resource—teachers.”

Mary Forte Hayes, Executive Director
Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

"Susan Villani has done an excellent job of highlighting the key aspects of a comprehensive induction program. We spend billions of dollars on recruitment and then offer new teachers a sink-or-swim experience. Villani makes a convincing case for comprehensive induction programs and offers rich examples across urban, rural, and suburban settings. This is a practical guide that offers a solid background on the latest research findings. The nation's new teachers deserve the best instructional programs to accelerate their development."

Ellen Moir, Executive Director
New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz

"State-level policy makers can take a positive step forward by providing every district and school principal with a copy of this expertly organized and well-written book. Educators will find answers to most of their key questions regarding establishing an induction and mentoring program."

Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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ISBN: 9781412966139