A SUGGESTED 3 DAY AGENDA FOR MENTOR TRAINING
By Barry Sweeny, copyright 1994



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The mentor training agenda, which is shown below, has been refined through the experiences of the author who has led numerous mentor trainings since 1988. Initially his experience was in a K-12 school district where the author was Mentor Program Coordinator, but since 1991 the author has served as a consultant and trainer for many school districts nation-wide. He has also conducted a one day version of this training at the last three 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.


- AGENDA -

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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Barry Sweeny, Trainer, Presenter, Author, Facilitator, Coach
26 W 413 Grand Ave. Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 668-2605 or E-mail at [email protected]




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