How mentors can support new teachers

By Learning Forward
February 2019
Vol. 40 No. 1
School-based coaches wear many hats, as described in Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-Based Coaches by Joellen Killion and Cindy Harrison. Because of their multifaceted responsibilities, coaches, their supervisors, and the teachers they support benefit from clarifying the roles coaches play, how they support district and school goals, and how to make the relationships as effective as possible. In keeping with this issue’s theme on supporting transitions, in the following pages we share tools from the book related to coaches’ roles as mentors. As mentors, coaches provide the moral, emotional, and psychological support new professionals need so that they gain confidence and efficacy and a sense of belonging within a professional community. Because student success depends on teaching quality, it is especially

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