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Mentoring New Teachers Through Collaborative Coaching Set

By Susan Villani, Kathy Dunne


What are the best approaches for developing effective mentors and improving the professional growth of new teachers? WestEd’s Kathy Dunne and Susan Villani, who share over 30 years experience in providing teacher induction leadership nationwide, have created a comprehensive approach to content-based mentoring and coaching. The result is a stunningly effective research-based model that benefits mentors and teachers alike—all in the service of students.

Mentoring New Teachers Through Collaborative Coaching: Linking Teacher and Student Learning provides extensive guidance on how mentors can understand the needs of new teachers, build strong relationships with them, and coach them through an ongoing process of improving their teaching practice.

Mentoring New Teachers Through Collaborative Coaching: Facilitation and Training Guide provides activities, agendas for multiday trainings, and other resources to help facilitators design and implement effective mentor professional development.

Professional developers, teacher leaders, mentor and/or teacher induction program coordinators, building- and district-level administrators, and faculty from institutions of higher education can all benefit from both the book and its companion guide.

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Product Information

Product #: LI-07-01
Copyright: 2007
Format: Multimedia
Publisher: WestEd

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Praise for this Resource

  • “Dunne and Villani are nationally recognized experts…their comprehensive approach provides the foundation for highly valuable professional learning both for mentors and beginning teachers.”

    Charlotte Danielson, Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching
  • “Grounded in education research and best practice…all the activities, scripts, and resources for designing and implementing effective mentor training sessions.”

    Elaine Pinckney, Former Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Department of Education
  • “…strategies that enable mentors to support new teachers in becoming more intentional and skillful in their work.”

    Dennis Sparks, Executive Director, National Staff Development Council
  • “…rich practical resources, valuable tips, criteria for program design and assessment, systems of data gathering, and benefits to systems and teachers.”

    Robert Garmston, Center for Adaptive Schools
  • “Anyone interested in helping mentors succeed in mentoring and coaching new teachers should use these valuable resources.”

    Cara Elmore, Organizational Specialist, National Education Association
  • “Dunne and Villani have succeeded in creating a set of comprehensive resources that will meet the needs of professional developers, school administrators, and mentors.”

    Steve Kossakoski, Director, Seacoast Professional Development Center
  • “In our rural school, it is difficult to retain teachers. These materials are filled with great ideas and insights for supporting mentors and new teachers.”

    Rea Goklish, Assistant Principal, Seven Mile Elementary School, Whiteriver, Arizona
  • “…field-tested methods and nuts-and-bolts resources that have proven highly successful in Maine during a two-year Title IIA teacher quality enhancement research grant.”

    Dan Conley, Distinguished Educator for Teacher Quality, Maine Department of Education
  • “…has practitioners in mind, with step-by-step activities and resources such as focus questions, sample surveys, and developmental rubrics.”

    Nancy Brennan, Coordinator, New York State Mentor Teacher Internship Program