A web of support for new teachers

Panelists: Sharron Helmke, Antonio Hoye, and Elizabeth Simons
Thursday, October 6, 3 - 4 PM ET

What do new teachers need to thrive in their first years in the classroom and beyond? They need a web of support that includes instructional, administrative, social, and other forms of support. This webinar will share best practices in new teacher support, strategies for mentors, and considerations for supporting new teachers of color.




Participants of this webinar will:

  • Learn why new teachers need more than a “buddy teacher” and explore what a web of support looks like;
  • Identify roles in your district/ school/ organization that can help support new teachers;
  • Consider unique issues facing new teachers of color and how to build communities that support teachers of color;
  • Examine best practices in mentoring; and
  • Develop strategies for ongoing check-ins and support throughout the school year.

Vice President for Professional Services at Learning Forward | + posts

Sharron Helmke is vice president for professional services at Learning Forward. She designs and manages the organization’s consulting service programs that support state, regional, and local organizations in translating their improvement and learning goals into custom-designed high-quality professional learning programs that result in scalable and sustainable change. During her twenty-plus years in education she has served in a variety of roles at the campus and district levels, including teacher, instructional coach, and district-based program administrator. She is an international coaching federation certified professional coach, a Gestalt professional coach, and a trauma-informed care provider, all of which inform her approach to supporting educators. She is the author of numerous professional articles, including “To make a difference for every student, give every new teacher a mentor” in the August 2022 issue of The Learning Journal.

Antonio Hoye ( is a student and family engagement specialist in Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District in Middleton, Wisconsin, and a lead partner at Partners for Racial Inclusion.

Elizabeth Simons ( is instructional mentor teacher in Greece Central School District in New York. 

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