The 2003 Conferences on

Featuring Barry Sweeny, nationally known mentoring expert !

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Every year Best Practice Resources, Inc. sponsors several mentoring conferences & trainings.
 
The purposes of the conference/trainings are to:
If you are interested in improving the way your organization supports the success of beginning teachers, you should bring your team to this conference! Join us for a very unique and worthwhile professional development opportunity. We promise, you will be amazed.
 

 
The Best Practice Mentoring Conferences bring together new teacher mentoring practitioners from across the nation and around the world! Since Barry began sponsoring his own mentoring conferences in 1998, the participants have come from as far away as Singapore! We hope that YOU can come to one of these great events soon!

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Who is Barry Sweeny ??
 
The featured conference presenter is Barry Sweeny, one of the most knowledgeable and helpful mentoring and induction experts in the USA. He is known as the "Mentor of Mentors", especially for his work in support of mentoring program coordinators and induction programs. He is best known for helping develop and improve hundreds of teacher induction programs all over the world, and for personally training thousands of mentors so that student learning is increased!
 
While his primary network is in K-16 education, he has helped to develop mentoring programs and trainings for businesses, industry, community-based organizations, states, and government agencies. He really knows mentoring in all of its broadest applications!
 
Barry was the consultant and author of "Mentoring to Improve Schools", a 2 video set and Facilitator's Guide, published in April 1999 by ASCD. This new work has been long needed and a welcome addition to the resources available to mentor trainers all over the world! ASCD also hirted Barry to lead the 2 day Mentoring New Teacher Preconference at their New Orleans Annual Conference.
 
Barry has co-authored three chapters in "Quality Mentoring for Novice Teachers, published in February 2000 by ATE & KDP.
 
Barry's most recent book is "Leading the Teacher Mentoring & Induction Program", published in September 2000 by Skylight Professional Development. This is the only resource for mentor program leaders available anywhere!
 
Barry has also authored over 130 books, training manuals, papers, and articles on induction, and has served on both national and state induction commissions multiple times since he began consulting in 1987.

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CO-SPONSORING - Best Practice Resources is currently seeking educators at prime locations around the USA and in other countries who want to help co-sponsor a Best Practices in Mentoring Conference in your local area for your own staff.


Click here to read what a co sponsor said about the experience.


There are several possibilities for co sponsoring an event:

METHOD # 1
Here is what is involved:

Best Practice Resources and Barry Sweeny will:

The local co-sponsor will:

In return for this local assistance . . .

Best Practice Resources will provide the local co-sponsor with 3 or more FREE conference registrations for persons of your own choice, or an equivalent discount on attendence by any number of your staff. The number of free participants or size of the discount depend on the work the local co-sponsor can do. The more help you can provide, the greater the benefits.


Other variations from the above proposal are also possible.

These options provide a PART of the conference, described above at DISCOUNTED RATES !

You can save your district a huge amount of money, and provide the best available training & consultation to your own staff locally. PLUS, you'll provide interaction for your staff with people who have mentoring experience from across the country.

METHOD # 2 - Here is another way this can work.

1. You contract at a discounted rate with Barry Sweeny to provide a mentor training for your own staff at a local hotel site. (Other agendas are possible.)

2. You agree to provide at least 20 additional spaces at that training for participants which Best Practice Resources provides.

3. Best Practice Resources advertises and recruits up to 20 additional training participants.

4. Best Practice Resources charges a conference registration fee to the participants it recruits. This makes up for the lower fee you paid.

5. Your district will be paid its share of the expenses for the participants provided by Best Practice Resources (that is cost divided by the total # of participants).


METHOD # 3 - Here is how this works.

1. You contract at a discounted rate with Barry Sweeny to provide training and consultation for the development of a mentoring & induction program in your local district.

2. You agree to provide at least 20 additional spaces at that training for participants which Best Practice Resources provides.

3. Best Practice Resources advertises and recruits up to 20 additional training participants.

4. Best Practice Resources charges a conference registration fee to the participants it recruits. This makes up for the lower fee you paid.

5. Your district will be paid its share of the expenses for the participants provided by Best Practice Resources (that is cost divided by the total # of participants).

6. During the same trip, your district receives a private consultation in designing, evaluating, or improving the impact of your program.


INTERESTED IN EITHER OF THESE OR OTHER OPTIONS ? .


What a co sponsor said about the experience.

Subject: CoSponsoring Testimonial
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002
From: Donna Spangler, Mentor Program Coordinator, Derry Township School District, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hi,

In September, 2002 we co sponsored a mentoring conference in our city with Barry Sweeny. I hope others consider this experience too.

As co-sponsor of the mentoring conference, I assisted Barry with the preparation for the conference.

*I contacted hotels and forwarded information to Barry for his review
*I mailed out information Barry provided about the conference to neighboring school districts and intermediate units
*I enlisted our school's Print Shop to copy the notebook materials for the conference
*On the days of the conference, I assisted with sign-ins, materials distribution, and registration details.

The benefits for the district / myself were:

*Substantial reduction in the cost of conference registration for myself and my District Induction Team
*Practical information regarding induction and mentoring practices from the conference
*A one-on-one consulting time with Barry to review our District Induction Program and to gain his suggestions and ideas
*Numerous handouts, research information, and two manuals with copyright permission to use in our
district mentoring and induction program as a resource
*The offer from Barry (a recognized, national consultant) himself to serve as a resource for ideas and suggestions in the future for our District Induction Program
*The possibility to bring a great conference on mentoring and induction to our vicinity. There has never been any such conference available locally and certainly NOT with a nationally-recognized speaker

Co-sponsoring such a conference was a very worthwhile investment of our time and effort. We gained so much for our mentoring and induction program by co-sponsoring the conference, including recognition by our own administration of the importance of mentoring. I would recommend others do this too.

--Donna Spangler (a foreign language teacher and mentor program coordinator)



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