AM News: New Mentors For New Teachers

Chicago revamps mentoring for new teachers Catalyst
Following
some start-up delays, the district has launched its latest new-teacher
mentoring program in some 330 new schools--the third time in recent
years that CPS has revamped teacher induction in a bid to raise teacher
quality and improve retention.

Parolee charged in Fenger student's slaying Tribune

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Police believe White was the gunman captured on a surveillance video fatally shooting the prone Fenger High School sophomore outside of Big Sam's Mini Mart at 333 W. 119th St.

$1.5 million settlement in molestation suit against ex-coach Tribune

A
$1.5 million settlement in civil lawsuits filed by the families of 13
former students alleging they were molested by a coach at an Aurora gym
was announced in DuPage County Court today.

3-year-old abducted from Near South Side school Sun Time

Chicago
police have issued an alert for information about two people who
abducted a 3-year-old girl from a Near South Side elementary school
Monday afternoon.

A bleaker-than-expected outlook for freshmen who are most behind Catalyst

Some
of these students should have been in special education, but, for one
reason or another, never were identified as having specific needs.
Others are slower learners, or could have some outside issue that is
complicating their learning, like mobility or excessive absenteeism.

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  • I went through the mentor training described above. I can't say I was terribly impressed, and I am shocked that each mentor (myself) had $3500 spent. We received $1000 each to work with our mentees for the full year (I meet with my mentees for 45 minutes each week per mentee) from the program, and that included 7 days of training. I am curious where the other $2500 went.

    For anyone who has been through education classes, the program was at that level. The painful attempt was made to engage teachers who really don't need to role play or make "quadrant partners" for discussions.

    I don't want to sound like a negative nelly, but the whole song and dance is really unnecessary. Good mentoring starts at the school as a grassroots effort. Teachers and administrators need to foster a community of collaboration and consideration; faculty need to be willing to spend the extra minute to help unjam a copier, explain how the online gradebook works, share a work book or other resource, and give teaching and organizational strategies to colleagues (any colleagues, not just new teachers!) who seek advice or insight.

    I realize the drop out rate for teachers is incredibly high, but maybe instead of trying to save new teachers after the fact, we should prepare them before entering the work force with rigorous, hands on education classes -- not B.S. theory, like "discipline" and "wrong" are a bad words that'll crush a child's self esteem.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    CPS makes an announcement to give the impression they are "doing" something constructive. After you take away the press release, pretty powerpoint and the dollars they are spending, the details show that CPS runs in "knee jerk" mode. They invent things along the way. Leave the CPS Micky Mouse operatives and download the technical report by the National Staff Development Council on what works in the real world to get high performing schools. One of the keys is building professional communities in each school.

    http://www.srnleads.org/press/prs/nsdc_profdev.html

    Job Embedded Professional Learning:As noted in the review of the research, there is increasing consensus that the most effective forms of professional development are those that are directly related to teachers

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don

  • Follow the money on this one--watch for all the consultants who are making big money on this program and mentors who have little exp. in the classroom, or ran away from the classroom as soon as they could. This program has not been good for us and the principal is too afraid to voice our concerns. We enjoyed Golden and feel sad for our new teachers.

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