A Suggested Agenda For Mentor Training

By Barry Sweeny

The mentor training agenda below has been refined through the experiences of the author who has led numerous mentor trainings since 1988. Initially this experience was in a K-12 school district but since 1991 the author has served as a consultant and trainer for many school districts across the USA and has conducted a one day version of this training at the last two annual MLRN Spring Symposia.

Since the mentoring process and relationship evolve, usually over about two school years, the mentor and protege will need on-going support and training. That means, of course, that the initial three day mentor training presented in this agenda is not sufficient to address all the mentoring needs of the pair, nor is it enough to sustain their continuous professional growth.

Separate mentor and protege support groups need to be held about each quarter to allow the mentors and the proteges to learn from their peers. Also, joint mentor & protege training may be needed as the pair begin coaching and when the curriculum has been covered the first time. In the latter case, mentors often need help in shifting their focus from helping the new teacher learn the curriculum to supporting protege professional growth, particularly in the use of strategies for improving individual student and whole group learning, assessment, and other school improvement related issues.

If readers have questions about mentor training, this specific agenda, or want help in adapting this agenda to your situation, Barry is willing to help. Barry also offers mentor & protege training materials for sale which follow the agenda provided here. For answers to questions or a price list for materials call Barry Sweeny evenings at (630) 668-2605.


- AGENDA -

THREE DAY MENTOR TEACHER TRAINING
Barry Sweeny, 1995



DAY ONE
THE NEEDS OF BEGINNING TEACHERS

THE CONTEXT FOR MENTORING

THE JOBS OF THE MENTOR, PROTEGE, PRINCIPAL & DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS


DAY TWO
THE MENTOR-PROTEGE RELATIONSHIP

THE MENTORING PROCESS: HOW TO FACILITATE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


DAY THREE
PEER COACHING FOR MENTORS & PROTEGES

THE CLOSING CEREMONY


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