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Blog: Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Our Mentorship Program in Review

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.”
-Benjamin Disraeli-


The vision of the district’s Mentorship Program is to facilitate an inclusive, supportive learning network for early career teachers and those who are new to the district or teaching assignment. Working within a mentorship continuum of consult, collaborate and coach, mentors engage with protégés to offer support, build capacity and move practice forward. In addition to the benefits for early career teachers, those who mentor have the opportunity to engage in rich, reciprocal learning experiences with their protégés. Students also benefit as increased student achievement is being positively linked to teacher mentorship programs (Strong, 2009).

This year has welcomed a large number of new teachers to the Abbotsford School District. Over 80 of these teachers have participated in one-to-one mentor/protégé relationships or cohort groups. Events throughout the year provided both social and learning opportunities for those in the Mentorship Program. A retreat at Harrison Resort early in the year hosted 30 protégés who engaged in community building activities and worked with learning targets and core and curricular competencies. Monthly Mentorship Network Meetings provided professional development opportunities which were designed to be responsive to the needs of early career teachers, as well as providing a venue for people new to the district to connect to other teachers. The Mentorship Hospitality Suite at the Shared Learning Conference brought together mentors, protégés and student teachers for conversation, sharing and resource giveaways. The year-end mentorship dinner gave an opportunity for mentors and protégés to celebrate the work they did this year and be involved in planning for next year.

Teachers are encouraged to join the Mentorship Program as either a mentor or protégé. It is a rewarding, learning focused experience that comes with both intrinsic and extrinsic rewards and is a way of contributing to the profession.

BARBARA WILSON
Curriculum Helping Teacher - Mentorship Program