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1 Stories from an Extended Mentoring Model Benedum Collaborative ~ West Virginia University Sarah Steel, Tiffany Hastings, Jessica Johnson, Heather Schneid, Meighan Carder, Neal Shambaugh 2013 West Virginia Professional Development Schools Conference

2 Graduates have the following: Dual-degree, 5-year program Years 3, 4, 5 in classroom 1000+ hours Mentoring from PDS teachers STRAND: Diversity STRAND: Technology use STRAND: Action research Pre-Service Program Needs How to give 5-year graduates MORE mentoring? How to leverage what 5-year grad’s know and can do........and build on these experience?

3 PDS Needs Suncrest Primary School chose to change their supervision model in 1999 Reviewed other supervision models Developed a Teacher Education Center Reorganized clinical experiences

4 Work in PDS - Suncrest Primary 10 hours, Fall/Spring School Year Negotiated activities 1999 Supervision Model Changed Graduate Student - Veteran Teacher Model begins Work in Benedum Program Full-time student 10 hours, Fall/Spring Semester Teach EDUC 100 Assist other program activities 1 year MA program Model Design Funds for graduate assistant Stipends for host teachers Release time for site coordinator/teacher Teaching experience for GA

5 GAs 2002-2013 Graduate Assistant - Veteran Teacher Supervision Model 2012-2013 Meighan Carder Current GA 2005-2006 Gina Lenhart 1st WV 2006-2007 Tiffany Hastings 1st WV 2007-2008 Amy Cook Child Center, WV 2008-2009 Jessica Johnson Title I Teacher, WV 2009-2010 Heather Schneid 1st WV 2010-2011 Meredith Harden Title I, adjunct, WV 2011-2012 Elizabeth Convey SPED, VA 2002-2005 Dr. Emily Milleson Frostburg State U.

6 Questions what i did What were your responsibilities at the PDS and at WVU? What was your impact on students in the PDS and WVU? What was your impact on teachers in the PDS? What was the impact of the program on your development as a teacher?

7 Tiffany Hastings, M.A. 2006-2007 Internship: Wilsonburg ES Harrison Co, WV Now: 1st Grade, Charleston, WV “One of the best years of my career”

8 Tiffany Hastings 2006-2007 WVU Evaluated products from teacher education candidates EDUC 100 instructor PDS Taught Kindergarten during a 120 minute reading block Celebrated Children’s Book Week Guided reading what i did

9 Tiffany Hastings 2006-2007 Impact on students in PDS Furthered beginning reading skills Made parents & community members stakeholders in reading development Impact on students in PDS and WVU Impact on teacher education students at WVU Provided guidance and support Introduced potential teacher education candidates to the 5 Year Model

10 Tiffany Hastings 2006-2007 Impact on teachers Developed an interest in new reading strategies Modeled new ways to think of “stations” Made use of a leveled library system Impact on teachers in the PDS

11 Tiffany Hastings 2006-2007 Collaborate with others Leadership skills Coaching skills Life-long learner Impact on my development as a teacher

12 Jessica Johnson, M.A. 2008-2009 Internship: East Dale ES, Fairmont Co, WV Now: Title 1 Teacher “I needed the time”

13 Jessica Johnson 2008-2009 WVU - EDUC 100 instructor - EDUC 200 instructor - Small Group Facilitator (Friday sections) - Provided feedback on student work - Completed reading masters program - Coached teacher PDS - Observed and assisted mentor teacher setting up classroom and conducting home visits - Planned and taught Kindergarten literacy block - Reflected, planned, and discussed instruction with teachers - Participated in faculty meetings what i did

14 Jessica Johnson 2008-2009 Impact on students in PDS - Helped build reading competency and confidence - Kept group time focused on authentic reading and writing tasks - Placed quality, instructional-level books in their hands Impact on students in PDS and WVU Impact on teacher education students at WVU - Positive role model for Benedum program - Enthusiasm for the program and teaching helped them feel confident in their career choice - Approachable for questions and assistance with coursework

15 Jessica Johnson 2008-2009 TEACHING -Guided reading – NOT round-robin reading -Guiding students towards reading independence -Matched quality books to student interests & reading levels Impact on teachers in the PDS GRANT Educational Grant – to purchase small group sets of quality children’s literature

16 Jessica Johnson 2008-2009 -CONFIDENCE!!! -Open to working with other teachers and professionals - Increased my ability to teach at all age levels - Increased my ability to interact effectively with teachers and parents from various backgrounds and teaching styles - Willing to take on leadership roles in my school Impact on my development as a teacher

17 Heather Schneid, M.A. 2009-2010 Internship: Watson ES, Fairmont Co, WV Now: 1st Grade, Moundsville, WV “Learning my place” and “finding my voice”

18 Heather Schneid 2009-2010 WVU Education 100 Small Group Facilitator Portfolio Reviews Benedum Meetings PDS Whole group/small group reading instruction After School/Saturday School Tutoring Program Mentored a Participant (year 4) and a Tutor (year 3) what i did

19 Heather Schneid 2009-2010 Impact on students in PDS New teaching strategies Awarded Lowe’s Grant Outdoor Learning Environment Impact on students in PDS and WVU Impact on teacher education students at WVU Taught Education 100 Overview of Benedum Program Worked closely with Tutors Advice for those just starting Friday Seminars including discussion and course work

20 Heather Schneid 2009-2010 Teachers New instructional strategies Opportunities to include children’s literature into Mathematics Impact on teachers in the PDS School After School/Saturday School Tutoring Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant

21 Heather Schneid 2009-2010 More knowledgeable about strategies to help students Self-assurance in my first year teaching Strengthen leadership qualities Confidence from current Administration Considering Administration/ University work Impact on my development as a teacher

22 Meighan Carder, M.A. 2012-2013 Internship: East Dale ES, Fairmont Co, WV GA: Suncrest Primary My hope is to find myself in their shoes

23 Meighan Carder 2012-2013 what i did PDS Whole group math instruction Whole/small group reading instruction Informal reading assessments WVU Student Volunteer Hours EDUC 100 Instructor EDUC 200 Instructor Small Group Facilitator

24 Meighan Carder 2012-2013 Impact on students in PDS and WVU Impact on students in PDS Different teaching styles Research-based reading strategies Informal and formal reading assessments Impact on teacher education students at WVU Observation and feedback on teaching Discussion on course assignments Future career opportunities Relatable information

25 Meighan Carder 2012-2013 Teachers Reading assessments Student grouping Impact on teachers in the PDS School Educational grant Introduction of reading strategies

26 Meighan Carder 2012-2013 Well-rounded: teach a variety of age levels Considering doctorate Understand importance of PDS Constant reflection on my own practice Impact on my development as a teacher

27 What we found... Survey and Focus Group ~ Graduates “Emily had this passion” “One of the best years of my career” “Lead students my age” “My teaching mother” “I needed the time” “Learning my place” and “finding my voice” “Had to prove myself”

28 What we found... Focus Group ~ Current and Past Site Coordinators Impact on students Students and parents value both teachers Impact on fellow teachers Site coordinator has time to work with other teachers on assessment Impact on my career New strategies Work with young teacher Leadership skills developed

29 Benefits & Challenges Extended Mentoring Opportunities PDS Same two teachers all year GA involved as a regular teacher Mutual mentoring GA mentors pre-service teachers GA Tuition waiver, salary Second degree Experience in school improvement Experience in PDS coordination Employability Challenges Support from superintendent, principal, teachers, parents Yearly change in GA requires orienting and mentoring Personal and professional relationship issues

30 What Makes It Work? Extended Mentoring Opportunities Living the Program Belief Statements All are learners Empowerment and ownership Mutual respect All can be successful Acceptance From principal, superintendent, parents, students, teachers, university Funding State funding, School funding, WVU funding Compatibility and Respect Work and learn from each other Flexibility Making adjustments, giving assistance as needed Communication Notes, phoning, emails Teaming Joint planning time Parent conferences, school events, workshops

31 Recommendations Extended Mentoring Opportunities PDS Questions What kind of supervision model do you want? What are you trying to accomplish? Collaborative Negotiation Have you involved everyone at the table? Have you identified and discussed resources needed? Have you signed agreements on resources, funding, responsibilities? Do you have a plan to evaluate and revise each year? Supervision Model 6 observations?

32 Stories from an Extended Mentoring Model Benedum Collaborative ~ West Virginia University Sarah Steel, Tiffany Hastings, Jessica Johnson, Heather Schneid, Meighan Carder, Neal Shambaugh 2013 West Virginia Professional Development Schools Conference


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