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Labette County USD 506 Mentoring Program

The pressure to improve instruction in schools may be greater today than at any other time in the history of American education.  (Jim Knight, 2007)  Mentoring can help schools respond to that pressure.

Harry Wong states that there are four stages that teachers go through:  Fantasy, Survival, Mastery, and Impact. He also shares that many teachers do not get past the survival stage because they lack the support needed to do so.  In fact, he indicates that in the first five years upon entering the profession, many will not remain in education.  He attributes that fact to lack of support for new teachers.

USD 506 Support

It is our belief at USD 506, that Mentoring is a way to assist and support new teachers as they work through the learning process to become the most effective teachers they can be.  All new teachers beginning employment at Labette County will be taken through a two year induction program where they will be provided the support they need to be effective.

Our New Teacher Induction/Mentoring Program consists of four major areas of support:

•    Classroom Management

•    Instruction

•    Content Enhancement

•    Assessment

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Delivery Model:

The induction program is delivered in various ways including:

New Teacher Retreat

Night Classes

School Day - In class

Before/After School Collaboration

Mentoring Team

Greg Traxson, Social Studies, Labette County High School

Cindy Meek, English, Labette County High School

Marlys Trower, 2nd Grade, Altamont Grade School

Kathy Reed, 6th Grade, Meadow View Elementary School

Debbie Hucke, 3rd Grade, Mound Valley Grade School

Daria Condon, District Special Education

Missy Page, Director of Mentoring, District

Information obtained from Instructional Coaching, Jim Knight, 2007 & New Teacher Induction, Annette L. Breaux and Harry K. Wong

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