Comprehensive Mentoring Programs for New Teachers
Models of Induction and Support
- Susan Villani - WestEd, USA
Foreword by Charlotte Danielson
Mentoring | Staff Supervision / Evaluation / Retention | Teacher Induction
- State, district, regional, and national programs
- Programs that support new special education teachers
- Programs specifically for math and science teachers
- A collaborative program involving three institutions
- The book also offers a rubric on seven components of comprehensive mentoring programs for readers to use in assessing their own settings and thinking more about which aspects of their program they would like to enhance or develop.
“This book provides various models of comprehensive programs implemented in school districts around the country. It confirms the importance of mentoring to retain teachers, maintain consistency in academic programming, and develop a culture of continuous improvement in professional practice. This book is a significant addition to the literature on mentoring in the education profession.”
“Susan Villani presents comprehensive mentoring programs as catalysts for school improvement and reflective practice. With a wealth of tools and models for establishing effective programs, Villani also addresses cultural competence, peer coaching, and retention of math, science, and special education teachers. Following Villani’s framework will strengthen professional learning communities and improve the effectiveness of our most valuable resource—teachers.”
"Susan Villani has done an excellent job of highlighting the key aspects of a comprehensive induction program. We spend billions of dollars on recruitment and then offer new teachers a sink-or-swim experience. Villani makes a convincing case for comprehensive induction programs and offers rich examples across urban, rural, and suburban settings. This is a practical guide that offers a solid background on the latest research findings. The nation's new teachers deserve the best instructional programs to accelerate their development."
"State-level policy makers can take a positive step forward by providing every district and school principal with a copy of this expertly organized and well-written book. Educators will find answers to most of their key questions regarding establishing an induction and mentoring program."