Mentoring Matters Online Book Study

for Greater Rochester Teacher Center Network Districts ONLY

Mentoring Matters Book Study

Want to expand your skills as a mentor? Mentoring is a complex process of working with teachers new to a district. This course will take an indepth look at the best practices of how to work with teachers and begin a learning-focused relationship. Learn from experts Laura Lipton & Bruce Wellman by reading the 3rd edition of their book, Mentoring Matters: A Practical Guide to Learning-Focused Relationships. During the course participants will be responding to online questions, interacting with others participants, and practicing learning-focused conversations. Participants will also be required to attend two 45 minute Synchronous Zoom meetings (November 9 and December 15, 3:30-4:15 pm). Upon completion of this 6 Section Course 12 CTLE Credits will be awarded. The course will be held from October 21-December 15, 2020 (due to Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and wanting participants to have practice time additional time has been built into the schedule).

Course start date: 10/21/2020 (asynchronous)

Synchronous meetings: 11/9/2020 and 12/15/2020 (3:30 - 4:15 p.m.)

Instructors: Juanita Henry, Genesee Region Teacher Center Director

Pat Mullikin, Tri-County Teacher Center Director

**Participants will need to purchase their own copies of the Mentoring Matters 3rd edition book.

Cost of course is free. Link to course will be emailed to participants.

Course begins 10/21/20 (asynchronous) and ends 12/15/20 (synchronous)

Wednesday, Oct. 21st, 3:30pm

This is an online event.

Two sessions will be synchronous, November 9th and December 15th from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

About the Book

Mentoring Matters: A Practical Guide to Learning-Focused Relationships

An invaluable reference for mentors of beginning teachers, this guide offers structures, strategies, and tools for developing expertise in teaching and launching a career of continuous learning. The updated and revised Third Edition adds new tools for time-efficient, effective learning-focused conversations, including templates for problem-solving conversations that balance support with learning. You’ll find tons of tips for maximizing time and attention and extensive resources for understanding and supporting each phase of a new teacher’s first years.

This new edition incorporates the growing importance of linking teaching and learning standards to developing professional expertise, including:

  • Methods for applying specific teaching and learning standards as a focus for teacher growth
  • Tools for using data to calibrate practice and set learning goals
  • Nine strategies for learning-focused consultation with specific mentor moves for applying them
  • Specific examples related to ensuring inclusive, student-centered classrooms
  • Links to online resources, including videos and self-directed tasks to strengthen and stretch both new teachers and their mentors

This new book focuses on mentor learning with Awareness and Action exercises in each section, QR codes to video examples illuminating the mentor’s toolkit and a wealth of ways to support a mentor’s emerging knowledge and skill.

New York State Teacher Centers

For registration information, please contact Marguerite Dimgba:

Director, Greece Professional Learning Center

Tri-Chair, New York State Teacher Centers

For course content information, please contact Juanita Henry or Pat Mullikin (TC Directors):