The purpose of a mentorship program is to help beginning teachers become acculturated to the profession and to grow professionally. The Association can offer staff support to assist locals and school jurisdictions in organizing mentorship programs for beginning teachers. One of the most effective strategies is to pair beginning teachers with a veteran teacher in their subject, grade or school. Using such strategies as collegial support, reflective practice and collaborative learning, the program provides protégés and mentors with opportunities for professional growth and development. Evaluation of the program shows that both protégés and mentors are convinced that the mentorship experience, as part of a comprehensive induction program, improves their teaching practice and student learning.
The Mentoring Beginning Teachers
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