229: The Future of Mentorship

We have lost so many great teachers in our profession and we are losing more each day. Teacher mentorship can help us save more of our elite educators but we have to get a better support system first. Mentorship in education has  stigma of underperformance. We have to change our programs so that our structure is an effective support system to our teachers until their last day on the job, not just a program for beginning teachers. All teachers need a growth program throughout the entirety of their career. Tune in to hear more about the future of mentorship in education.

The Future of Mentorship Quotables

  • Mentorship can save our best teachers.
  • The best of the best athletes have mentorship, they have coaching until their last day on the job. Educators don’t view mentorship as a way to continue growing. We look at is as an underperformance.
  • The culture and structure of mentorship has to be changed to a more effective model. Then we have to change the stigma.
  • The goal of the meeting, awareness of events, relationship building, action steps, follow up and follow through is an actionable system to put into place.
  • Style, System and Structure are the 3 S’s of a mentorship program. 
  • What makes mentorship effective? Do you have a plan? Is there an accountability system? What are the expectations of the partnership? Are you consistent?
  • What makes a mentor effective? Have you walked the road before? Ask questions, don’t make assumptions. Partner with them and use their strengths.
  • You have to envision people as their future selves and help them get to their future in a way that is natural to them.
  • Evaluate your program. What do you want to keep and what do you want to kick?
  • Actionable steps over perfection, get started and execute. Tweak and repeat.
  • Let’s not lose any more good teachers because they haven’t become great YET.

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I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.