The Portland Metro Education Partnership is encouraging all university and school district Phase 1 partnerships to offer professional development for teachers, principals and student teachers focused on supporting the student teaching/mentor teacher experience.

We have included here a set of suggested topics as well as a beginning list of some recommended resources (websites, books, etc) to facilitate your work together.  Please be sure to share any suggested additions to this list with your representative on the partnership steering committee.  We welcome your ideas!

Suggested topics to cover throughout the year in CT PD:

  • Student teaching/teacher and collaboration topics
    • Mentoring
      • Principles of adult learning
      • Student teacher development across the year – gradual release of responsibility
      • Roles of the student teacher, cooperating teacher, and college/university supervisors
    • Collaborating
      • Co-teaching
      • Helping cooperating teachers make their planning, instruction and assessment choices and decisions transparent (how to talk about teaching)
      • Impacts of two teachers on student learning – maximizing potential
      • Specific observation strategies
    •  Communicating
      • Critical communication skills
      • Mutual respect, effective listening
      • Learning to talk about teaching
      • Effective interpersonal relationships
      • Pre- and post-conferencing techniques
      • Coaching and informal feedback strategies that encourage the transfer of theory to practice
      • Constructive criticism – praise that encourages growth
      • Writing evaluations and recommendations
    • Special Topics
      • Working with “at risk” and excellent student teachers
      • Professionalism and legal issues related to student teaching
  • School contextual issues and initiatives that student teachers may need PD in…. (may include any number of personnel from the school and district to support relevant topics)
    • Technology
    • Absenteeism and truancy
    • Grading/assessment models – e.g. proficiency grading
    • Testing
    • Common Core Standards initiatives
  • Books/articles on PD
    • CT/ST Specific
      • Educational Leadership, May 2012, 69(8)
        • Beyond Solo Teaching – Sharon Feiman-Nemser 10-17
        • Mentoring that Fits – Pam Grossman and Emily Davis 54-57
        • What All Novices Need – J.L. Cuddapah and A.S. Burtin 66-69
        • The challenges of supporting new teachers:  A conversation with Linda Darling-Hammond – Marge Scherer – 18-23
    • Teacher mentoring more generally
      • Lieberman, Hanson, Gless & Moir.  (2011).  Mentoring Teachers: Navigating the Real-World Tensions.  Jossey-Bass Publishers.
  • External resources – other places to find resources and others doing this work
    • New Teacher Center: newteachercenter.org
      • Also check out the Induction Institute Resources available through : http://newteachercenter.org/services/induction-institute
    • Arizona website: http://orc.teach.asu.edu/iteachaz for a description of the program  and for the contact information for Michelle Rojas who is the director of the program.
    • MidValley Consortium (Virginia)
    • Mentor Modules – a website that has modules to prepare teachers to be mentors for student teachers.  http://mentormodules.com/