Testimonies for the April 2000
The 2000 conference had teams who were from 12 states, 3 Canadian provinces, and representatives of over 20 organizations.
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"I must tell you, that the 2000 Lisle 'Best Practice Conference' was the best, most helpful, relevant, and well-organized conference I have ever attended! I was so pleased with your "top drawer" conference, it was superb on ALL counts!
I came back to work renewed and enthusiastic. My Assistant Superintendent and the principals have been thrilled with the program changes I have suggested. They have also been so impressed with your materials, and excited to try your suggestions to improve teaching through our mentoring program. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
- Sheila Psolka, Yuma School District, Arizona.
"Barry, thanks for what you have done for our district and our mentor program.
We've had this program for 10 years and always felt proud of what we have accomplished. However, your Best Practices Conference and mentoring materials gave us the jump start we needed to revitalize us. Our strongest mentors have once again become "mentor magnets" attracting other veteran teachers into the ranks of new teacher advocates. (PS. I love that term "mentor magnets"! It describes just what we want it to be.)" - Sandy Nobles, Director of Instructional Initiatives, Richardson ISD, Texas.
"The Best Practices Mentor Conference helped me define the goals of my program and think about how best to achieve them. Working with and listening to the other mentoring professionals from other states provided me with the practical advice and examples I needed to create our new program." - Deborah Frey, Hardin County NEA, Tennessee
"Wow! Barry is a wealth of mentoring information! As a facilitator he leads you on a journey of discovering the potential for your own mentoring program and what it needs to achieve that potential." - Debbie Bishop, Manasses, Virginia
"I really believe that you will never find better information on induction programs and mentoring trainings anywhere else! Barry's commitment and enthusiasm for helping others in program development is unique and contagious." - Lisa Koenig, Deer Valley, Arizona.
" I have never gone to a conference that gave me so much practical and useful information! It was great! We finally have what we need to plan the mentoring program we really want." - anonymous
The value of this conference was incredible. We got more than we ever expected and it was all good! It was well worth the cost given what we were provided!" - anonymous
"The conference materials are clearly the best available anywhere on mentoring. They are excellent and ready-to-use!" - Jennifer Yust & Stephany Balogh, Halton Catholic Board, Ontario, Canada
" If you are planning a mentoring program, or in your early years of mentoring, Barry's conference and materials will provide what you need to do it well." Anne Schaeffer, Stillwater, Minnesota
"The mentoring information I received at the Best Practices Conference was truly the best. It was phenomenal! I am so appreciative!" - Phyllis Day Chief, Lethbridge College, Alberta, Canada.