The Role of the University

(posted March, 2004)

Original Member Request from MLRN member David Weber, a high school teacher in a suburb of Montreal and working on his PhD at McGill University was sent on March 13, 2004.:

"Does anyone have any articles, reports from programs that include university participation? Induction and mentoring are relatively new here in Canada so there is little in the way of local research. I would love to hear any and all suggestions. Thanks!!"

MLRN Responses:

He should contact New Teacher Center at the University of California,
Santa Cruz

Violet Mitchell

Thanks Richard - I've also had the privilege of having their "Foundations
of Mentoring" course which is totally awesome (and I'm an experienced staff
developer and mentor coordinator) and found it incredibley well organized
and their materials come with all info you'd need to do this training
yourself including handouts, CD and minute by minute plans!

The absolutely best work being done in this regard is the New Teacher
Center in Santa Cruz CA (University of CA). Ellen Moir is the executive
director at Also try www. - there
are free and you can purchase, research-based articles and a newsletter
called "Reflections" - they also now have a new principal program - it's

From: Lorraine Bedy <>
My dissertation from Syracuse University titled "Mentoring in Medicine,
Architecture and Teaching" Dec. 1999 includes a interviews from and a
discussion of mentoring in higher education.

From: "Jackie Kearns" <>
I am attaching two items for your friend from Montreal and I would love to
converse with him (and you!) I am a retired school administrator from
Massachusetts and I am now a full time graduate student at Lehigh University
in Pennsylvania, pursuing my doctorate in ed leadership. My dissertation
research is focusing on the support (including mentoring) given to new
school leaders. I have put together quite a lot of research and I have also
done about 15 presenations on how to set up mentoring programs.

As part of my graduate assistantship, I designed and launched a leadership
academy for 23 novice principals from thirteen school districts here in
eastern PA. Each principals has a stipended mentor and I provided the
training at a retreat last summer. I am currently assisting the National
Associationof Elementary School Principals design and implement a national
principal mentor certification training program. Our second cohort will be
trained in San Francisco in about a month (it is a year long program).

Please go to <> Go to chapter
6 and you will find the following:
Page 99: Blue Valley School District 229 which has an alliance between the
school district,
Page 65: WINGS Online at the University of Texas and E-Mentoring 24/7 at
the University of Illinois

From: "Melinda Culver" <>
Carolyn Evertson, Ph.D., Margaret Smithey, Ph.D (Vanderbilt University) have
In my opinion the better program they've produced is called COMP which is a
classroom organization and management copyrighted workshop. The Nashville
Public School mentors (PALS) like to train their teachers w/ this. It is an
18 to 25 hour comprehebnsive workshop that is highly regarded among
administrators. It is not for the purpose of training mentors, but training
teachers. Mentors can glean some of the major issues from program.
Also The University of Tennesee has a mentor training program.
Dr Mary Ann Blank ( and Dr. Cheryl Kershaw
( called Raising the Bar. It's good too.

He can contact me directly if he wants more information.
1. MORZINSKI JA, Diehr S, Bower DJ, Simpson DE: A cross-sectional
study of formal mentoring for faculty. Family Medicine, 1996;28:434-438.
2. MORZINSKI JA, Simpson DE, Bower DJ, Diehr S. Faculty development
through formal mentoring. Academic Medicine 1994;69:267-269.

From: Beth Avery <>
also the University of California at San Deigo has several university
student - child mentor programs

The University of Georgia Mentoring program has a good list of article

You might also check the the Peer Resources Annotated Bibliography

Rochester Science Mentoring Program


From: <>
I do not know if this is what Mr Weber has in mind or whether it
will help,but at Adams State College in Colorado, we are currently
training a small group of special education teachers and principal
interns in mentoring and peer coaching strategies in order to have them
serve as mentors
to our in-progress off-campus
cohorts of teachers who are receiving their MA in Education
with special education endorsements or principal licensure.

From: Susan Villani <>
I have described programs involving the University of
California, Santa Cruz, the University of New Mexico,
the University of Montana at Bozeman, and Hamline
University in my book, Mentoring Programs for New
Teachers: Models of Induction and Support, 2002-
Corwin Press.

I'm not really sure what kind of information is needed, but a really good
book is Coaching & Mentoring First-Year & Student Teachers by India J.
Podsen and Vicki M. Denmark. It encourages and supports the total
induction process - from student teaching to teaching students! The
publisher is Eye on Education, 6 Depot Way West, Suite 106, Larchmont, NY
105380. The copyright is 2000. Another great resource is Tom Ganser from
the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. He's been published in many
sources (and is presenting again this year at ASCD in New Orleans!) He'd
be a good person to contact.