PD-CI-510 Mentor/Coach Institute
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 8:30 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 3, 2012 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 2012 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 31, 2013 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
This five-session Mentor Training Institute is tailored for teachers serving or planning to serve as mentors and coaches as part of the Lexington Public Schools New Teacher Induction Program.
At the end of this five-session Mentor Training Institute participants will have:
• strengthened their interpersonal communication and coaching skills to effectively support new teachers
• gained knowledge and understanding about the mentor’s role, needs of beginning teachers, adult development, the change process, and school culture to inform their efforts
• practiced and strengthened skills in classroom observation, peer coaching and feedback conferences, and coordination with principals and subject specialists
• learned and practiced tools to promote reflective practice, thoughtful analysis of instructional content, and ways to analyze teaching strategies and promote problem-solving
Learning strategies used throughout the institute include:
• Readings, Presentations, Discussions
• Personal-Style Inventories
• Case Studies Analyses
• Role Plays and Peer Coaching
• Classroom Observations and Analysis
• Teaching Video Analyses
• Learning Logs
• Needs of Beginning Teachers
• Roles/Responsibilities/Qualities of Effective Mentor/Coaches
• Developing a “Mentor Menu” and annual “Content Calendar”
• Case Studies in Mentoring and Coaching
• Principles of Adult Learning and Adult Personality Preferences
• Mentor Beliefs Inventory and Conferencing Strategies
• Classroom Observation Techniques
• Coaching and Conferencing Skills and Three-way Conferences
• Group Mentoring: Helping Trios and the Critical Friends Process
• Understanding School Culture and the Change Process
• Professional license
• PTS in Lexington Public Schools
• Minimum of 5 years teaching experience, with at least 3 years in Lexington Public Schools
• Experience working collaboratively with other adults
• Demonstrated knowledge and mastery of LPS curriculum
• Demonstrated expertise in classroom teaching
• Demonstrated organizational skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Familiarity with curriculum mapping, standards-based teaching and learning, assessment, and differentiated instruction
• Referral by administrator (administrator should email Robert Harris, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, with the referral)
Who May Enroll: Teachers serving or planning to serve as mentors as part of the Lexington Public Schools New Teacher Induction program
Instructor: Charles Christensen, Ed.D.
PD Credits: 30 PDPs
About the Instructor: Charles F. Christensen, Ed. D
Chuck Christensen has four decades of experience in the educational field as a middle school teacher, principal, central office administrator, school committee member, and parent. Since 1983 he has conducted workshops and training sessions locally and nationally for numerous school districts, leadership academies, and state department initiatives. He currently teaches in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and does extensive consulting in the areas of leadership development, school improvement, teaming, and beginning teacher support programs. He has been involved with Lexington’s New Teacher Induction Program and Mentor Training for the past ten years.