234: Why Your Mentorship Program isn’t Working

Is the mentorship program at your school not working? After years of experience, I find there are two main factors that make mentorship programs unsuccessful. This leads to less teacher success and more teachers leaving the field due to lack of support. This can all be easily changed with a mentorship program that provides teachers with ongoing support and keeps them invested in their career. Tune in to hear actionable steps that will help improve your mentorship program!

Why your mentorship program isn't workingQuotables

  • Why is your mentorship not working? It’s not flexible and it’s not personalized.
  • Create physical space for mentorship to happen. Space on the calendar and a location to meet.
  • We need to support teachers where they are. There needs to be an onboarding process.
  •  Keep growing and accelerate the effectiveness of the staff as a whole.
  • Problem solve whatever obstacles your teachers are facing. Are the mentors still the right match?
  •  Space, support and strategies are the key features to continue evolving your mentorship program.
  • Teachers that are supported will stay around even if it’s the worst year ever when they feel heard and are invested.
  •  When you feel like you have people on your team who are invested, you will work hard for them.

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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.