Special Mentoring Resources & Services

for ILLINOIS Educators

Updated October 2001


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A COMMITMENT TO ILLINOIS EDUCATION

Barry Sweeny, President of Best Practice Resources, has been an Illinois teacher and administrator for 22 years and then worked for 6 years at two Regional Offices of Education in Illinois. He has also been a part of the three year effort to establish mandated, state-funded induction for new teachers. He lives in Wheaton, Illinois and is very committed to making education in Illinois all it can be.


WHY A WEB PAGE JUST FOR ILLINOIS EDUCATORS??

Barry has served on all three of the Illinois State Board of Education Teacher Induction Panels meeting in 1998, 1999, and 2000. These panels have researched quality new teacher induction and mentoring programs all over the world and have developed recommendations for the ISBE and Illinois General Assembly proposing mandated mentoring programs and mentoring for every initially certified teacher in Illinois. Barry was a co-author of each of these panels final reports.

Barry's knowledge of these developments led him to create this section of the web site to help Illinois educators find out about these proposed changes and to locate the resources and assistance they need to address this emerging initiative. You do not want to begin learning how to deal with this challenge should it become the law. Proactive educators and schools should take full advantage now of these resources to improve the ways in which you address the needs of your beginning teachers and support their success.


WHAT'S GOING ON IN ILLINOIS TEACHER MENTORING & INDUCTION?


WHAT'S THE OUTLOOK RIGHT NOW? (Fall 2000)

BOOKMARK THIS WEB SITE AND STOP BACK OCCASIONALLY FOR AN UPDATE.


RESOURCES FOR ILLINOIS INDUCTION PROGRAMS


BEST PRACTICE RESOURCES EVENTS TO SUPPORT ILLINOIS INDUCTION PROGRAMS

Need any of these events to be held in your area now? No problem. Call Barry Sweeny at 630-668-2605.

Best Practice Resources has planned the following conferences and workshop series anticipating that, AT SOME TIME, the Illinois General Assembly will adopt state-wide induction as a mandate. If that occurs the following series of events will be provided. If it does not happen, we will still provide the Best Practice Annual Conferences each April. Please note, the dates & places for all these events are TBD.