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Description - Mentoring as Collaboration by Mary Ann Blank

Discover how to transform intermittent teacher mentoring into effective, systematic coaching! This book shows school and district leaders how to develop a collaborative mentoring program that will help retain new teachers, improve student achievement, and boost school performance. The authors present a practical, field-tested model that clearly defines roles, expectations, and experiences for new teachers, mentors, and school leaders, and builds upon the research in effective teaching, leadership, and organizational development. Administrators in any district can use this comprehensive how-to guide to: - Attract and retain talented teachers - Develop teacher leaders - Create energized learning communities - Develop, sustain, and assess mentoring programs

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412962773
ISBN-10: 1412962773
Format: Paperback
(279mm x 215mm x mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 8-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mary Ann Blank

Mary Ann Blank has spent most of her professional life as a teacher educator at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and as an educational consultant to numerous school systems in Tennessee and other states. Her current work is providing leadership, professional development, and assistance to schools and school systems in the areas of curriculum and instruction, teacher evaluation, and school improvement. At UT, she teaches courses in instructional theory and design, curriculum development, and analysis of professional practice. She is the clinical professor supervising and instructing teaching interns at Alcoa Elementary Professional Development School. She is collaborating with Cheryl Kershaw and others on a Title II teacher quality grant, focusing her work primarily on enhancing the practice of outstanding teachers in many of Knox County's inner-city schools. She is also a Dimensions of Learning trainer and works with educators in Loudon County Schools on systemwide implementation of this interactive and differentiated model of planning and instruction. Another of her responsibilities is as a developer and copresenter with Kershaw on Mentoring for the Tennessee Academy for School Leaders. In the past, Blank has presented at national meetings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and others professional organizations. She has written a number of published articles and is a coauthor of several texts. Carol Kershaw has served as director of University of Tennessee's Urban Impact initiative, which was funded through a federal grant seeking to improve teacher quality. She previously taught English and remedial reading at Fulton High School for nine years. A graduate of Bearden High School, Kershaw earned a doctorate in curriculum and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Tennessee. She earned a bachelor's in English education from Arizona State University.