Making mentoring work online

By Tom Manning, Kathleen Sheehy and Leslie Ceballos
August 2020
Vol. 41, No. 4
Effective mentors set clear expectations for their work with the teachers they support. This is a critical step in the process of building trust between mentor and mentee, and it is never more important than when mentors conduct observations of teachers as they engage in classroom instruction. With much teaching now occurring online, mentoring is also moving online, and setting expectations and building trust should be built into that process. Recall times when you, as a new teacher, were observed while teaching. What did the observer do in your classroom? How effective were those practices? How did they make you feel? Now think about being observed in an unfamiliar learning environment, such as leading an online lesson or designing a virtual learning experience for students

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Tom Manning, Kathleen Sheehy, and Leslie Ceballos

Tom Manning is vice president of consulting management and services at Learning Forward. Kathleen Sheehy is a Learning Forward senior consultant. Leslie Ceballos is assistant principal at Boon Elementary School in Allen (Texas) ISD and a Learning Forward senior consultant.

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Tom Manning ( is senior vice president, professional services at Learning Forward. 

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