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Support for teachers: One-on-one online mentoring fills a niche

The Christian Science Monitor – Story Hinkley

“With more emphasis on teacher shortages right now – two new initiatives related to recruitment were announced in California in October – the search for ways to keep those already in the profession on track and able to help support students has become more urgent. Mentorships encourage better student performance and higher retention rates among teachers, studies show, leading school districts nationwide to make this form of professional development a priority. Particularly gaining more traction are online mentoring programs, such as the one Schonfeld is part of.”(more)

Freshman peer mentoring eases transition, improves high school success

Education Dive – Amelia Harper

“Summit High School in California uses a mentoring program called Link Crew that weaves upperclassmen, teachers and administrators into a web of support for 9th graders by providing every freshman with an assigned 11th- or 12th-grade student to guide them through the first year, Education Week reports.”(more)

Schools look for new ways to match students with mentors

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“According to MENTOR, young adults who have a mentor are less likely to skip a class or a day of school and are more likely to enroll in college and have better attitudes toward school. But there are specific elements that make some mentoring programs more successful than others. MENTOR in 2015 released the latest version of standards that can be applied in a variety of mentoring programs. Each program should have a recruitment process, screening, training, a matching and initiation period, a monitoring and support system, and a closure process.”(more)

How Women Mentors Make a Difference in Engineering

The Atlantic – Ed Yong

“For some women, enrolling in an engineering course is like running a psychological gauntlet. If they dodge overt problems like sexual harassment, sexist jokes, or poor treatment from professors, they often still have to evade subtler obstacles like the implicit tendency to see engineering as a male discipline. It’s no wonder women in the U.S. hold just 13 to 22 percent of the doctorates in engineering, compared to an already-low 33 percent in the sciences as a whole. Nilanjana Dasgupta, from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, thinks that mentors—people who can give advice, share experiences, or make social connections—can dismantle the gauntlet, and help young women to find their place in an often hostile field.”(more)

To develop teachers, look to other teachers

Education Dive – Autumn A. Arnett

“Researchers from Michigan State University this week presented the findings of a study that indicated half of early career teachers leave their schools by their fifth year, and one in four leave the profession altogether. Part of this can be attributed to a perceived lack of support by their principals, but another part is due to a lack of support and personal development that encourages persistence.”(more)

If you want to change children’s lives, mentor them

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“Not only are mentoring relationships long-lasting, they reach kids from low-income families, single-parent households, and at-risk academic circumstances. These mentoring programs span the whole state. And best of all, the programs are boosting support for children in multiple ways: as mentoring relationships deepen, so does valuable input on a more comprehensive approach to preparing children for full, empowered, adult lives. These programs are doing terrific work, but they need more help. More mentors of color are needed, especially as 65 percent of the young population served are Latino or African-American, and it helps to identify with the lived experiences of one’s mentor.”(more)