The New Teacher Center at the University of Memphis contracts with local school districts
to deliver training and assessment services in developing a comprehensive induction
and mentoring model. These services support the growth of mentors, subject matter
coaches, supervisors, cooperating teachers, principals, assistant principals and coordinators
of teacher induction programs. Workshop sessions are conducted on the following topics:
Introduction to Instructional Mentoring (two days) to support mentors in responding to each new teacher's developmental and
contextual needs and promote the ongoing examination of classroom practice.
Setting Professional Goals (one day) to deepen mentors' understanding of the role of formative assessment through
establishing focused goals, based on student standards and professional teaching standards.
Coaching and Observation Strategies for Working with Beginning Teachers (two days) to assist mentors in collecting and sharing classroom observation data
aligned with professional teaching standards and to help new teachers improve instructional
Coaching in Complex Situations (one day) an advanced coaching training to support the mentors' professional development
to coach strategically and to find solutions to challenging situations.
Analysis of Student Work, Differentiation, and Lesson Planning (two days) to provide mentors with tools and strategies for helping beginning teachers
identify student needs, plan for differentiated instruction, and ensure equitable
Mentoring for Equity (two days) to present mentors with a framework for coaching new teachers regarding
inequities in issues of race, language, and culture.
Designing and Presenting Professional Development for Beginning Teachers (two days) to support mentors in bringing new teachers together for meaningful and
responsive learning experiences based on principles of adult learning.
For additional information, please contact Vivian Gunn Morris, Director of New Teacher Center at 901.678.2352.