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Enewsletter   |   December 2020

Dec. 1:  Learn More About Resilience

On Dec. 1 from 1:30-2:15p.m., Dr. Amie Weinberg and the team from Prince William County will conduct a show and tell for Network members to learn more about a book study they designed, organized and implemented this fall around Onward & The Onward Workbook by Elena Aguilar. Both books are divided into monthly chapters with background, reflection activities, and ideas for leaders to implement during a long-term focus on teacher resilience.  
Learn more and join the discussion on Zoom:  Dec. 1, 1:30-2:15 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting
Passcode: 854182

Dec. 11:  GMU Seeks Input From Mentor Leaders  

A team of George Mason University faculty members have received VDOE funding to design a sustainable training for mentors supporting teacher candidates. One of the beliefs undergirding these trainings is that the identification of consistent mentoring tenets and the implementation of consistent practices across university and PK-12 school contexts will best serve preservice and in-service teachers.

In support of these trainings, the GMU team hopes to convene school division leaders who work in mentor training for new teachers to review the content of and provide feedback about the trainings. Each meeting of this group would be one hour and held virtually through Zoom.  

The first meeting will be on Friday, December 11th, 3:00-4:00 pm. If you are interested in attending this meeting—and/or interested in otherwise supporting this work—please email (Dr. Audra Parker) and (Dr. Kristien Zenkov).

Reach VA Facilitators Meeting: RSVP

Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-noon.  
Zoom  info.      
Meeting ID: 862 4419 2499

Who are the facilitators?  Each member school division
has one person who serves as the lead coordinator for that
school division's participation in the Network.
RSVP: Reach Virginia Facilitators Meeting

It's Official:  Reach Virginia

Our November meeting marked a Network turning point with the announcement of a new name, logo and hosting agency. Going forward we will be known as Reach Virginia, Mentoring a New Generation of Teachers. Our new hosting agency, the Loudoun Education Foundation, is a true believer in the importance of our work and has high hopes to secure future funding.  Program directors Meg Carnes and Louise Porter will remain on the job to sustain our core practices and expand our reach.

Network Meeting Follow-Up: Resources
  • Mentoring New Teachers:  A Micro Lesson in Feedback
  • Nov. 12 Work Product: Learning Library or
    • Teaching and Learning Today: The must haves and the nice to haves.
    • Delivering PD for Mentors: Needs, how to deliver and other considerations.
    • Conducting Classroom Visits: Logistics, look fors and leveraging opportunity.
    • Supporting Use of Technology: Successes, bumps in the road, aspirations and lessons learned.
    • Building Habits of Resiliency: Habits  for mentors and new teachers, resources to share and support
    • School Divisions and Universities: Supporting each other, acknowledging challenges and offering solutions.

Reach Virginia  Advisory Board
Annie Dipert, Fairfax County.  Blaire Conner, Fauquier County. Katy Keegan, Manassas City. Jeri Swogger, Frederick. Donna Wilder, Prince William.

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