Becoming a High-Performance Mentor: A Guide to Reflection and Action

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SAGE Publications, Jun 14, 2006 - Education - 180 pages
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Most schools have mentor programs in place to help beginning teachers. The challenge now is to ensure that beginning teachers are assigned high-performance, highly qualified mentors.

High-performance mentors are not born that way--they need training to gain the skills and knowledge needed. As with teaching, mentors exist on a continuum from low-performing to high-performing, but can move though the developmental stages as they gain experience and reflect on prior mentoring experiences.

James Rowley's mentoring framework has been used to train thousands of mentors to develop the essential characteristics of high-performance mentoring: committing, accepting, communicating, coaching, learning, and inspiring. Mentoring can be a challenging, rewarding, and mutually satisfying experience that contributes to the personal & professional growth of each participant. Or it can be a frustrating, disappointing, and mutually unsatisfactory experience that contributes nothing to personal & professional growth.

Use this book to ensure that your mentors and mentees grow in their teaching practice as a result of the mentoring experience.

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About the author (2006)

James B. Rowley is the James Leary Professor in the School of Education and Allied Professions at the University of Dayton and the executive director of the Institute for Technology-Enhanced Learning.

Over the past 20 years, he has focused his scholarship on the training and support of mentors and beginning teachers and has served as an entry-year program consultant and mentor teacher trainer for over 100 school districts. He is also the co-creator of other multimedia training programs, including Recruiting and Training Successful Substitute Teachers (1998), Becoming a Star Urban Teacher (1995), and Mentoring the New Teacher (1994).

In addition to the multimedia publications listed above, Rowley is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and monographs. He is the author of the Corwin Press book Becoming a High-Performance Mentor: A Guide to Reflection and Action (2006). Rowley has delivered over 200 presentations at professional conferences and has led training programs throughout the United States. In 1993 and 995, he was the recipient of the National Association of Teacher Educator’s annual award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education. In 1985, he was selected as a national semi-finalist in the NASA’s Teacher in Space program and competed for the chance to be the first private citizen in space. He earned his doctorate in educational policy and leadership from The Ohio State University.

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