The BEST Mentoring and Coaching Professional Development
The BEST Mentoring and Coaching Professional Development provides in-depth mentor training for the success and professional development of beginning educators as well as mentors. Interactive exercises, mentoring interactions and instructional videos are used to engage the content. This courseware is delivered by DVD-ROM and contains 6 independent study chapters. This course meets the "No Child Left Behind" initiative.
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Sharon A. Kortman and Connie J. Honaker, The BEST Mentoring and Coaching Professional Development
2nd Edition. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2010
The major contributors to high teacher attrition rate are the lack of support, inadequate induction and few well-organized mentoring programs. Educators who successfully complete this program will gain:
- Collaborative skill sets for mentoring others
- Improved teaching practices that affect student achievement
- Renewed enthusiasm and commitment to teaching
- Helpful strategies for adjusting to new positions/roles
- A standards-based framework for professional practice
- Tools for building systemic support CPE or college credit
Chapter 1: Establishing Processes for Mentoring and Coaching - How mentoring relationships begin is critical to the success of the overall mentoring process. Mentors will learn specific, observable behaviors for initiating positive relationships with their mentees. They will also learn how to identify and meet the needs of beginning teachers during five phases of attitudinal changes that occur throughout the year.
Chapter 2: Developing Methods for Professional Growth - Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential in building a mentoring relationship. In this module, mentors begin to use the tools of reflective questioning and the Array Interaction Model to build these skills. Both tools help mentors frame their interactions with mentees and strengthen the foundation of the mentoring relationship.
Chapter 3: Implementing Accountability and Support - What tools can teachers use to analyze and reflect on best teaching practices? This module offers solutions such as data collection techniques, specific feedback, and systemic support. These tools help mentors and mentees refine their teaching practices and further define their individual plans for professional growth.
Chapter 4: Strengthening Teaching Practices - Effective mentors learn how to adapt their behavior to meet the changing needs of their mentees. This flexibility makes the mentoring relationship more dynamic and moves the relationship toward the collaborative part of the Mentoring cycle.
Chapter 5: Impacting Teaching Preformance - Mentors help shape a new teacher’s vision of excellence. Teaching standards, along with performance criteria and best teaching practices that support these standards, are tools a mentor can use to provide a structured approach to help new teachers achieve excellence.
Chapter 6: Demonstrating Professional Knowledge and Leadership - Mentors are encouraged to reflect on concepts and skills presented in the BEST mentor-training program as they help new teachers close down the school year. Equipped with this knowledge, mentors can celebrate their contributions to the teaching profession and plan how to use this experience to benefit new teachers in the future.
Design and Production Team
- Dr. Sharon A. Kortman is the Director of Induction, Mentoring, Teacher, and Leadership Professional Development in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, and an inductee in ASU's College of Education Hall of Fame. She provides leadership through university/district partnerships, locally and nationally, to provide comprehensive support, training, curriculum, courses, and resources in teacher induction, teacher ongoing professional development, teaching standards, mentoring and coaching, teacher leadership, and shared administrative leadership. Dr. Kortman is co-author of a series of publications and interactive DVDs in the areas of induction, mentoring, teacher, and leadership professional development. Her research and consultant emphases are in systemic support, professional development, classroom management, attracting and retaining quality teachers, and strengthening effective teaching and leadership practices.
- Connie J. Honaker, (M.Ed. English and Educational Leadership) is a member of the faculty in the College of Education at Boise State University, and recently honored with the Most Influential Professor Award. She has also taught at all levels and served in various administrative roles. Connie takes special pride in being the founding principal of a large comprehensive high school. She is the recipient of the Arizona Distinguished Administrator of the Year Award from the Arizona School Administrators Association. She has collaborated to establish partnerships with school districts to bring standards-based teacher induction, mentoring, coaching, and professional growth to educators within their districts. Her research and experiences confirm her commitment to positively impact the development of quality educators for all students.
- Production Director - Craig Mayes
- Product Design Director - Suzanne Dunn, PhD
- Instructional Designers - Thomas Upton, EdD
- Video Producer - Ken Harrison
- Content Consultant - Marjorie Westberry, PhD
- Diane Allen, EdD, Associate Dean, College of Education, University of North Texas
- Thomas M. Dana, PhD, Henry Hermanowicz Professor of Teacher Education, Penn State University
- Sharon Fagan, Education Faculty, Coordinator CORE Teacher Education Program, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Maricopa Community Colleges
- Jean Keller, EdD, Dean, College of Education, University of North Texas
- Brenda Kihl, Director, Center for Teaching, Learning & Professional Development, Collin County Community College District, Allen, TX
- Eileen Reed, EdD, Deputy Director of Academic Services, Region XIII Education Service Center, Austin, TX
- Peter Rubba, EdD, Director of Academic Services, World Campus, Penn State University
- Sue Swartz, Professional Development Consultant, Heartland Area Agency 11, Johnston, IA