Welcome Message From The Board

What Is MLRN?

The Mentoring Leadership and Resource Network, better known as MLRN, is a grass roots effort started by a few educators and supported, in part as a network of the ASCD. Since 1991 MLRN has grown to become a international initiative. MLRN was started by six educators with an interest in new teacher mentoring and induction programs. The intent was to help educators everywhere to access the best practices in mentoring and induction and to create a "mentoring initiative" across the USA.

The 5 MLRN Purposes

To provide an organizational vehicle for a mentoring initiative.

To increase the knowledge base and general awareness of best practices in the mentoring and induction of new teachers by providing a variety of forums for those involved in mentoring to share their experiences with others.

To promote and provide effective training for new teacher mentors.

To establish mentoring of new teachers as the norm in schools.

To establish, through mentoring, the norms of collegiality, collaboration and continuous professional development in schools.

A hall mark of the MLRN website are articles written by members of the network. We encourage you to browse through them and use the information in your school programs. We also invite you to submit articles and program information as well. To do so, CLICK HERE.

We also provide a service for members to ask each other questions about issues related to their mentoring and induction programs.

Finally, we ask you to join by completing the networxk membership application form and submitting it to us. Be sure to include your ASCD membership number (located on your Education Leadership Journal), if you already belong to ASCD.

If you are not a MLRN member but would like to join CLICK HERE.

We look forward to having you join our group.

MLRN Board Members Richard E. Lange, Ami Hicks, MaryElin Barnish and Scott Scafidi

In the summer of 2010, MLRN created a New Teacher Advisory Board to solicit the input of graduate students who are currently in the process of becoming a teacher in their respective states. In order to better serve new teacher candidates, it was decided to develop a forum for these persons to meet and provide them the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences as they proceed through their teacher training process. For more information, go to our New Teacher Advisory Board page.

Professional organizations and links worth checking out

Teacher Quality: What Your Need To Know
Illinois New Teacher Collaborative

MLRN Proudly Announces...

"A Life Saver for New Teachers: Mentoring Case Studies to Navigate the Initial Years"

The new book by Brandon Geuder, Richard E. Lange and Scott Scafidi, with Foreword by Bobb Darnell and Preface by Brian Patrick Roach

Click Here to Learn More and Purchase!

 
Contents

Preface . . . Brian Patrick Roach (v)

Foreword . . . Bobb Darnell (vii)

1. Whose Job Is It Anyway? Defining the Roles of the Mentor and New Teacher Data Analysis by Bradley Wadle, Northwestern University (1)

2. So What's the Point? Some Commonsense Solutions (21)

3. How Can We Make This Work? Mentors Overcoming Obstacles (31)

4. Isn't My Mentor Supposed to Help Me? When Mentors and New Teachers Struggle to Connect with Each Other (53)

About the Authors (97)