Mentoring and Coaching Preservice and New Teachers

Course Number: EDU 5515 C31 (Montpelier) & EDU 5515 C32 (Lyndon)
Instructor: Juliette Longchamp
Location: This course is a blended model of in-person meetings and online work. The course will be offered at two locations, Montpelier and Lyndonville.
Dates and Times: September 15 - December 15, 2017
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition: $975

Note: Please register directly with the VT-NEA. If you wish to take the course for Castleton credit, please notify NEA, who will give you the link to Castleton's online registration form.

Course Description

Rationale: Preservice and new teachers engaged in strong mentoring and induction programs experiencing higher success in improving outcomes for learners through stronger instruction. This course will provide training for supervisors of student teachers and mentors of new teachers as well as those educators working as coaches. 

Course Description: 
This course supports teachers in mentoring and coaching roles for new and preservice teachers, as well as experienced teachers. The course will begin with an in-depth view of Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching. Next, participants will develop a strong understanding of the mentoring and coaching process including the benefits to mentoring, the roles of a mentor, coaching and communication skills, adult learning theory, generational differences, the coaching cycle, observing practice and questioning techniques, analyzing student work and coaching conversations. Participants will demonstrate their coaching and analyzing skills through videoing and reflections which will be completed in the fall of 2017.

Course Objectives

Content Outline/Objectives:

Class 1: Date will vary by location – 4 pm – 7 pm – 3 hrs
• Identify components of good teaching 
• Understand and utilize the Framework for Teaching
• Understand where planning and preparation, classroom culture, teaching, assessment and professional responsibilities are embedded in the frameworks.
• Link the Framework for Teaching to the new Six Clusters for High Level Practice

Class 2 & 3: 4pm – 7 pm – 6 hrs.
• Understand the benefits of mentoring to the mentor, mentee, school and community
• Understand the role of the mentor
• Understand the qualities of a strong mentor and the line between mentoring and evaluating
• Understand and practice the coaching cycle
• Develop different observational techniques
• Understand the stages of a teacher’s first year
• Analyzing Lesson Plans and Preparing for Pre Observation Conference
• Practice coaching conversations

Class 4, 5, & 6: 4 pm – 7 pm – 12 hrs
• Learn and apply adult learning theory and the six principles of adult learning
• Learn how personality styles can impact the way mentors communicate with their mentee
• Understand the differences between the four generations in the workplace and how best communicate with each.
• Understand and practice the coaching cycle
• Develop different observational techniques
• Practice and give feedback that promotes reflection and independent thinking
• Learn and practice analyzing student work to provide feedback to promote reflection
• Understand the expectations of district mentoring program (where appropriate) or higher education 

Online Work: Fall 2017 – 21 hours
• Participant will videotape him/herself, analyze their using the framework of their choice (Danielson or 5D+), Reflect using questions provided
• Participant will observe a new or preservice teacher, collect evidence, develop questions designed to “raise the bar” for the new or preservice teacher.
• Participants will videotape and reflect on a coaching conversation with a new or preservice teachers.
• Participants will offer feedback to other participants on reflections.

Optional: Participants will be able to register prior to open registration for Carol Ann Tomlinson’s Workshop, Differentiation and Personalization at the Doubletree in South Burlington, December 15, 2017. 8 hrs.

Assignments: 

Within each class will be readings and discussions focusing on each objective above.

Texts:

Danielson, C. (2007) Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching (2nd Edition). Virginia: ASCD.

Lipton, L. & Wellman, B. (2003) Mentoring Matters: A Practical Guide to Learning-Focused Relationships MiraVira, LLC.

Fall Assignments:

• Videotape and Analysis of your own teaching
• Observation notes and analysis of a preservice or new teacher
• Videotape and reflection of a coaching conversation following the observation
• Participate in online platform discussions

Required Texts

Required texts are not included in the course tuition.

Danielson, C. (2007) Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching (2nd Edition). Virginia: ASCD.

Lipton, L. & Wellman, B. (2003) Mentoring Matters: A Practical Guide to Learning-Focused Relationships MiraVira, LLC.

For additional course and registration information

Juliette Longchamp
(802) 223-6375

Register online now!