An Administrator's Guide to Better Teacher Mentoring

An Administrator's Guide to Better Teacher Mentoring

by William L. Fibkins

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This book address a major gap in the current mentoring programs at the secondary level. Staff development resources are often concentrated on helping new teachers be successful in their early school experience. Yes, a good idea, but a limited vision. Meanwhile many veteran teachers go without the mentoring assistance they need to be effective classroom teachers. While a few become mentors themselves, many veteran teachers just settle, slowly giving up, and become at risk of failure, burnout, and thinking only of retirement. This book is a call to school superintendents, building administrators, department chairs, school board members, union leaders, parent leaders, and teacher educators to address the need to provide ongoing mentoring for all teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607096771
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 04/16/2011
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

William L. Fibkins is an author, consultant, trainer, conference presenter, and he has led a number of successful secondary school reforms projects at the middle, junior high, and high school levels. He holds degrees in counselor education and school administration from Syracuse University. His experience includes director guidance; school psychologist; student assistance counselor; and teaching school leadership, administration, and counselor education courses at the graduate level. To find out more about him and his work, visit

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword ix

1 The Pressing Need for Administrators to Take on a New Mentoring Role 1

2 A Vision of the Competent Master Teacher 13

3 Characteristics of the Effective Mentor 29

4 How Administrators Can Assess Their Mentoring Skills 63

5 Selecting and Training the Mentoring Team 79

6 The Mentoring Team in Action 99

7 Utilizing Mentoring to Jump Start the "No Teacher Left Behind" Era 151

8 Utilizing Mentoring to Provide a Second Act for Veteran Teachers 179

9 Serving as a Mentor without a Formal Mentoring Program 201

10 Making the Case for a Whole-School Mentoring Program 225

Bibliography 253

About the Author 257

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