New Teachers Seek Support Online

Posted on January 01, 2012

If you’re a new teacher in your first classroom, ailment a little advice from a veteran educator goes a long way.

For those who can’t get face-to-face mentoring time, buy more about online mentoring can be a big help, says Alyson Mike, director of online professional development at the New Teacher Center, a nonprofit based in Santa Cruz, CA. The New Teacher Center’s largest endeavor is called e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS), a year-long, nationwide mentoring program that pairs novice science, math, and special education teachers with those with experience. Begun in 2002 through a grant from the National Science Foundation, the program offers new teachers constant interactivity with a content-specific mentor as well as research-based curricula. Often, eMSS clients are school districts or departments of education who want to offer more professional development opportunities to their beginning teachers in an effort to bolster AYP scores or new-teacher retention rates.

For educators looking for online mentoring programs, take a look at these:

  • Illinois New Teacher Collaborative-Online
  • WINGS (Welcoming Interns and Novices with Guidance and Support)
  • ENDAPT (Electronic Networking to Develop Accomplished Professional Teachers)
  • PACT (Performance-based Academic Coaching Team)
  • UWeb Teacher Support Network

So, why online mentoring as opposed to face-to-face? Wouldn’t it be better if all beginning teachers could have in-person mentor relationships?

Author: Sara Bernard, kued.org

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