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Sustainability: Creating A Teacher-Learner Climate through Mentoring TASSP SUMMER CONFERENCE – AUSTIN, TX Nathan R. Templeton, Ed.D. Josh Tremont, M.Ed.

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1 Sustainability: Creating A Teacher-Learner Climate through Mentoring TASSP SUMMER CONFERENCE – AUSTIN, TX Nathan R. Templeton, Ed.D. Josh Tremont, M.Ed.

2 Introduction “NCTAF’s findings are a clear indication that America’s teacher dropout problem is spiraling out of control. Teacher attrition has grown by 50 percent over the past fifteen years. The national teacher turnover rate has risen to 16.8 percent” (Kain, 2011, p. 1).

3 Background of the Problem: Teacher Retention & Attrition New Teachers (1-3 years) 8.5%; 4-9 years 6.5% 46% of all teachers leave within the first 5 years “Teacher retention has become a national crisis,” meaning that inadequate retention (excessive turnover) has become a crisis (National Council on Teaching & America’s Future, 2007)

4 Setting it Up Q&feature=share&list=PLD7EAB BA0B Q&feature=share&list=PLD7EAB BA0B

5 Significance of the Study The teaching profession has been characterized as a revolving door Hanusek, Kain & Rivkin, 2004; Ingersoll, 2003  The shortage of teachers is due to exceptionally high demand created by an excessive rate of turnover, rather than insufficient supply (NCTAF 2007; Pudursky, 2006)

6 Calculating the Cost of Attrition Teacher attrition costs billions annually Calculating the Cost of Teacher Turnover

7 Strategies to Correct the Attrition Trend Kozleski et al & Billingsley (2005) suggest: Effective Professional Development Reasonable Work Assignments Support from Administrators

8 Lessons From Business: Induction First step towards gaining an employees' commitment, it is aimed at introducing the job and organization to the recruit and him or her to the organization. It involves orientation and training of the employee in the organizational culture, and showing how he or she is interconnected to (and interdependent on) everyone else in the organization.

9 Lessons From Business: Induction “We live in a world in which mentoring, coaching, team building, and empowering have become standard practices for many successful corporations and corporate leaders” (p. 1)

10 Mentoring as Induction Moving beyond a more traditional function of using mentoring to improve attrition rates for new teachers, Fibkins’ (2011) approach speaks of creating a learning environment for all teachers by framing discussions on teaching and learning and striving to develop each teacher into a competent master teacher.

11 Mentoring “The mentor’s task is to find ways to help teachers reach their goal of improving. It is a worthy goal. When educators see fellow teachers and their students floundering, it is their professional responsibility to help them better their craft” (p. 23).

12 Mentoring for Veterans Mentoring for the veteran teacher is a means to renew the commitment to improve classroom effectiveness, rejecting faulty assumptions that paint veteran teachers as either uninterested in perfecting their craft or simply cruising comfortably toward retirement.

13 Mentoring for Veterans What Fibkins (2011) refers to as “new dreams, new roles, and new hopes, [addresses] the opportunity to engage veteran teachers in continuous learning activities that speak to their needs in the middle adult stage of their lives [while also providing the] support [structures] to address the personal needs and issues that are so much a part of midlife” (p. 179).

14 Mentoring As Human Capital Schools are beginning to use terms synonymous with those who compete in a global economy; terms like human capital or partner relations.

15 Mentoring As Human Capital As Smith (2009) describes, human capital is the set of skills that an employee acquires on the job, through training and experience, and which increase that employee’s value in the marketplace. Certainly, educators have resisted the intentionality of investing in employees through ongoing professional development.

16 Mentoring As Human Capital Admittedly, education is the great equalizer in our competitive global economy; however, “ongoing mentoring for teachers - investing time and money into their professional development – has not caught on in the same way it has in the corporate life” (Fibkins, 1).

17 5 Reasons Administrators Fail to Embrace Mentoring Time Lack of Training & Skills Few Role Models to Emulate Change is Difficult: Redefining Your Role Support & Resources

18 Practically Speaking Time – Time – there are many variables that consume the daily schedule Skills & Training - Skills & Training - Administrators are in positions of inherent power. As such, many distance themselves from employees in order to avoid the appearance of favoritism.

19 Conflict of Interest ? The role of an administrator is a powerful role that involves quick reactions, decision-making, and politicking. Mentoring is different. It is a shared role that requires delicate and caring intervention and feedback. It is a slow process built on mutual trust and self-respect. It only works when both parties, the mentor and the protégé, clearly understand the areas that need improvement and how the mentor can be useful. (p. 2)

20 Strategies to Restructure Roles Begin the process of collaboration with stakeholders. For example, the establishment of a mentoring team comprised of “competent educators who are known and respected by the school” (p. 4). Other campus leaders, including department heads, lead teachers, and assistant principals are logical choices suggested by the author.

21 Creating A Culture of Sustainability Shared Leadership or Transformational Leadership is necessary for creating a culture of sustainability.

22 Creating A Culture of Sustainability: Mentoring The potential for professional growth involved in effective mentoring is not just for teachers. In developing a trusted mentoring role with teachers, administrators also create a teacher- learner climate in which they, too, become open to examining their own skills [and strengths]” (p. 9).

23 A Vision of the Competent Master Teacher The competent teacher possesses a unique skill set. As Fibkins (2011) summarizes, “some teachers, through a process of self-analysis, awareness, understanding today’s children, and constant skill building and seeking new approaches, evolve into competent teachers” (p. 21).

24 The Competent Master Teacher Having the skill and desire to engage teaching and learning everyday Understanding change as a professional growth process Having the discipline to circumvent distractions, and to avoid lusting in the “feel good moments” that bread complacency

25 Characteristics of An Effective Mentor “Teachers can overcome their lack of experience, skill, and self-awareness with caring interventions by mentors who can dignify their worth and at the same time help them learn new, effective approaches” (p. 30).

26 Effective Mentors Have perspective from battle scars Practitioners in the Field Affirm the day-to-day demand of teaching: confrontation, care, deflection, encouragement, reprimand, and more Wise. Understand that teaching is rewarding because of time invested in the process

27 Effective Mentors Risk Takers Build Trust Know When to Disengage Skilled Communicators Practice Reflective Leadership

28 The Mentoring Team SelectionTrainingImplementation

29 Implications for Administrators The Individual Success Plan (ISP) Planning for what’s next is a matter of bettering one’s craft and begins with establishing the ISP. What do I need from my mentor to help me improve? How will we determine skill mastery or pedagogical improvement? How will I deal more effectively with challenges an dhow can I be supported in this endeavor?

30 Implications for Administrators Modeling Through Collaborative Learning Modeling is an effective tool that facilitates improved practice through dialogue Mentors must be allowed release time to observe protégés and vice versa Each week, frame a new Guiding Question

31 Implications for Administrators Developing the ISP Induction Set goals, classroom routines, etc. during in- service Reflection & Self -Discovery Set Guiding Questions Informal Study based on Emergent Research

32 More… Formulate Line Items in ISP to address perceived needed improvements Formulate Line Items in ISP to address needed improvements as documented by classroom visit You, Me Us Collaborative Reflection

33 Q&A Dr. Nathan Templeton Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Department of Ed Leadership Department of Ed Leadership Texas A&M University Commerce Texas A&M University Commerce


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