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Teacher Induction Network
Enewsletter   |   May 2020

Mentoring Grants Approved

We are delighted to report that the Apple FCU Foundation Board has approved grant proposals from all eleven of our school divisions for the 2020-21 school year. 

We underscored for the Board how your proposals reflect the Network's unwavering commitment to learning-focused mentoring. Our Network’s  solidarity, strength and growth is reflected by its support of this ambitious new paradigm for new teacher growth and retention.

We've summarized some of the projects and the language you've used to describe them. We hope to dig deeper and to share more this fall. 

 
Summary of Learning-Focused Mentoring Projects

Updates: 

New Website Coming Soon   A new TIN website will go live in the next couple weeks.  You'll receive a  email from us explaining how you can access the site and all of the resources available for "members only." 

Distribution of Funds Form Due June 7  Please email this completed form to lhporter1000@gmail.com. https://tinyurl.com/y9ts9zxx

Spring New Teacher Survey   The post-survey of your new teachers is open until May 30 at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/rue6q3k 

If you are able to administer the survey, that's great. This data will be used to prepare  your annual data report—perhaps with an asterisk to account for school closures due to Covid-19.  However, given those circumstances, you may chose not to administer the survey. We respect your decision. Contact Louise if you have questions: lhporter1000@gmail.com.

Mentoring Survey Working Group:  As the next step in shifting our focus to learning-focused mentoring, a small working group of our members has been developing a Mentor Survey to focus data collection on measuring the impact of our mentoring programs. We've now developed a second draft with plans to complete a final draft before the end of the school year.  We'll keep you posted! 

Laura Lipton Seminar Reschdeuled for September. Laura Lipton, coauthor of Mentoring Matters, is holding a date for us in September when she'll lead part two of the Network's seminars on learning-focused mentoring.  Once things settle down, we'll confirm a date and let you know.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Jan Streich
Stafford County Public Schools

What is your favorite piece of wisdom from Bruce Wellman?

Bruce's presentation was timely for me and my colleagues leading professional learning efforts with mentors in Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS).  His resource, Mentoring Matters now is a foundation to our Mentor 360 professional learning program in SCPS. As I reflect on Bruce's presentation, the key concept of ensuring  a learning-focused relationship between the mentor and mentee resonated with me. While we all know how important developing relationships are in the  mentor-mentee dynamic,  a learning-focused partnership leads to continuous growth for both the mentor and mentee.

What is an outcome you hope for from your program this year?

As we face increasing challenges hiring and retaining  teachers, developing the skills of mentors is critical to our efforts in SCPS. One outcome that we planned for was building resources and opportunities for learning from Mentoring Matters with our University of Mary Washington partner, Kristina Peck. 

Managing up

I share summaries of our TIN learning  and our Mentor 360 program outcomes regularly with human resources, finance, and with the superintendent. These communication efforts have been appreciated as there is now a joint effort in securing a dedicated position in our budget to lead the work of the  Mentor 360 program  and new teacher development PD in our school division. I believe these shared advocacy efforts resulted in a more intense focus on the critical need to address teacher retention challenges in SCPS.  

Career

I started my career in education as a classroom teacher. I moved to a coaching and specialist role while working in Fairfax County Public Schools. I relocated to Fredericksburg and have worked in Special Education, Educational Technology leadership positions until accepting the challenge to lead instruction and professional learning for Stafford County Public Schools. I work with  a fabulous team of curriculum and program specialists who are growth agents in a  dynamic, growing school division. 

 

Spare time

When there is spare time, I am an avid gardener, landscaper and exerciser. When I am not on land,  I am out on the Chesapeake Bay, sailing.  One of my 'bucket list' items is to explore the rivers and creeks that feed our beautiful Chesapeake. I started gunkholing on my sail boat three years ago. I find motoring and anchoring in the quiet bay creeks a perfect escape from life on land. 

TIN 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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