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A Sampling of Recent Resources on Mentoring

Books and Reports | Audio and Video | Articles and Periodicals | Web Sites | Organizations

Books and Reports

Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend (in press) summarizes features common to successful mentoring relationships and habits that are in the best interests of involved parties. Developed for mentoring students in science and engineering, it is widely applicable to mentoring in any field. National Academy Press (NAP). Phone: 888.624.8373; Fax: 202.334.2451. This book is available online at:

A Better Beginning: Supporting and Mentoring New Teachers (1997) lays out the fundamentals for helping new teachers succeed and includes chapters from educational leaders on identifying what new teachers need, creating induction programs, establishing mentoring relationships, and planning comprehensive teacher support. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Phone: 800.933.2723; Fax: 703.575.5400; Web:

Creating A Teacher Mentoring Program (1999) presents issues that policymakers and educators should consider in creating or sustaining mentoring programs. National Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE). Phone: 202.822.7840; Fax: 202.822.7779; Web: This report is available online at

From Students of Teaching to Teachers of Students: Teacher Induction Around the Pacific Rim (1997) examines teacher induction programs in the 18 economies that border the Pacific Ocean and highlights the changing concept and characteristics of mentoring within varying cultures. Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). E-mail:; Web:

A Guide to Prepare Support Providers for Work With Beginning Teachers (1996) is a 300+ page training module that addresses the needs of new teachers, and provides profiles of an effective support provider and strategies for supporting new teachers. Prepared by the California Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Program. Contact National Staff Development Council (NSDC). Phone: 800.727.7288; Fax: 513.523.0638; Web:

A Handbook for Reflective Teaching: Designed for the New and Student Teacher (1997) offers support to the beginning teacher by helping teachers critically reflect upon and analyze their own classroom teaching. This handbook is available online at:

Helping Novices Learn to Teach: Lessons From an Experienced Support Teacher (1992) follows the work of one exemplary support teacher and details how he defines and enacts his role with beginning teachers. This report is available online at:

Learning the Ropes: Urban Teacher Induction Programs and Practices in the United States (1999) is a national study of induction programs and details programs in ten urban school districts. The document describes the many successes of helping new teachers become masters of their craft and provides a comprehensive review of induction literature from 1980 to the present. Recruiting New Teachers, Inc. Phone: 617.489.6000; Fax: 617.489.6005; Web:

The Mentor Teacher Casebook (1987) is a collection of real-life vignettes useful for role playing and case study activities for training mentor teachers. WestEd Regional Educational Laboratory. Phone: 415.565.3000; Fax: 415.565.3012; Web:

Mentor Teacher's Handbook (1996) gives mentors and those wishing to serve as mentors a comprehensive overview of the subject, how it can be practiced effectively, and criteria for selecting mentors and establishing productive relationships. This handbook is available online at:

Mentoring and Supervision for Teacher Development (1998) synthesizes the fields of instructional supervision, adult development, teacher education and mentoring, and ongoing professional development, and provides a framework based on case studies and research to engage educators in reflective and collaborative professional growth experiences. Addison Wesley Longman, Inc. Phone: 800.922.0579; Web:

Peer Support: Teachers Mentoring Teachers (1998) provides real-life stories which address a variety of mentoring situations from how to set up mentoring programs to creating effective collegial partnerships. National Education Association (NEA). Phone: 202.822.7906; Fax: 202.822.7206 or 202.822.7482; Web:

Take This Job and Love It! Making the Mid-Career Move to Teaching (1998) is a guide for mid-career adults entering into teaching and contains directories and resources for teacher preparation, licensing, and support programs. Recruiting New Teachers, Inc. Phone: 617.489.6000; Fax: 617.489.6005; Web:


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