This is from "Assisting the Beginning Teacher", a 1989 ATE book. See "Classics" for info on this resource.
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Components of Teacher Mentoring Programs
The breadth and quality of beginning teacher assistance programs vary greatly across the nation. Some programs are comprehensive, whereas others are quite modest. Among the components that can be found in programs are the following list. All of these features are not present in the large majority of programs, but they represent the building blocks.
1. Printed materials of employment conditions and school regulations
2. Orientation meetings and visits
3. Seminars on curriculum and effective teaching practice
4. Observation and analysis of teaching by supervisors, peers, and assessment teams, sometimes using videotapes of the beginning teacher's performance in the classroom
5. Follow-up conferences with observers
6. Consultations with experienced teachers
7. Support teachers (mentor/buddy/helping teacher)
8. Opportunities to observe other teachers (often "Master Teachers")
9. Released time for beginning and mentor teachers
10. Load reduction for beginning and mentor teachers (as in # of preps, # of students, extra curicular expectations)
11. Support group meetings for beginning and mentor teachers (separate usually)
12. Assignment to a team teaching situation or a faculty team
13. Credit courses for beginning teachers (university or district)
14. Beginning teacher and mentor teacher newsletters and other publications designed to provide helpful tips for the novice teacher
15. Internet web sites that promote "telementoring", which allows new teachers to contact a range of mentors on the web, depending on the issue in which they need assistance.