Studies show that mentoring programmes have a positive impact on the development and retention of new teachers. This field-tested and evidence-based resource is a complete kit that provides everything mentors need to support vice teachers on their journey to becoming confident, effective professionals. Toolkit for Mentor Practice combines a set of diagstic tools that capture what is happening in a new teacher's classroom with a mentoring process that guides both mentor and mentee through transformational learning stages. The toolkit features: - A three-phase mentoring process that uses data collection and collaborative conversations to improve classroom practices - Information-gathering tools that reveal how new teachers interact with students, plan for instruction, design lessons, analyze student work, and differentiate instruction - Implementation guidelines that explain how to use each tool with beginning teachers - Tools in Action examples that illustrate how veteran mentors have used the tools with new teachers This toolkit gives mentors all the forms and processes needed to guide new teachers as they develop and improve their instructional practice.
Dr. Patty J. Horn is a Professor and Director of the Teacher Induction Program at Northern Arizona University. In her 43 years in education, she has served as a classroom teacher, department chair, an Associate Dean at Northern Arizona University, and the Dean of the College of Education at Grand Canyon University. Graduate work has been completed at Arizona State University with a major in Elementary Education and a specialization in Math and Science. She has conducted research and evaluation for mentoring and induction programs. As a team member with Cooperative Services International Education Consortium, she has traveled to Tibet, Hong Kong, Guilin, Chengdu, China; Tunisia, Africa; Bangkok, Thailand and the Soviet Union. She has held the office of President in Arizona for the Association of School Administrators, Science Teachers Association, and the Association of Teacher Education. Dr. Horn has also served as Secretary for the Staff Development Council of Arizona and the Association of Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education as well as served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Arizona Rural Schools Association. Awards include the Distinguished Higher Education Administrator, Plank Holder of the Arizona Alliance for Math, Science, and Technology Education, Outstanding Contributor to Teacher Education in Arizona, Environmental Educator of the Year, Distinguished Professor of the Year, and Arizona Rural Schools Association Hall of Fame Inductee. Dr. Horn's mission is to work with teachers and students so that each reaches their full potential for success. Kristin Metler-Armijo is currently the Project Director for the Teacher Induction Program at NAU. She was a former Academic Services Consultant team member in the Pendergast School District. Her previous experiences include developing and implementing the district induction program, curriculum development, staff development, and teaching 7th and 8th grade reading, writing and social studies. Kristin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a Social Studies emphasis from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She earned a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and currently teaches for NAU. Kristin's professional interests have been reflected in her presentations at national, state and local conferences on various topics ranging from curriculum development to differentiated instruction. She has been on several state level committees including the Statewide Induction Committee. She is President for the Staff Development Council of Arizona and part of the governing board currently working to revive the council. Her passion is building life-long learners who recognize that we all must continue to grow for the betterment of students.