Mentor Academy: Professional Learning Series Year One

Mentor Academy: Professional Learning Series Year One

AZK12 Professional Learning Center
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August 15-16, 2017, 8:00am-8:30am
October 31 - November 1, 2017, 8:00am-8:30am
January 23-24, 2018, 8:00am-8:30am
March 6-7, 2018, 8:00am-8:30am
Event Time: 
August 15-16, 2017, 8:30am-3:30pm
October 31 - November 1, 2017, 8:30am-3:30pm
January 23-24, 2018, 8:30am-3:30pm
March 6-7, 2018, 8:30am-3:30pm
Registration fee: 
Registration Deadline: 
August 8th, 2017
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This four-part series is designed for mentors supporting beginning teachers. Utilizing the New Teacher Center philosophy, this training is provided by the Arizona K12 Center and will focus on instructional mentoring, observation and conferencing, using data to inform instruction, and designing effective instruction based on the learning needs of students. Each Professional Learning Series training consists of four, two-day sessions. The training’s sequenced curriculum focuses on building knowledge, skills, and understanding, all of which are critical for new teacher mentors and coaches, in a range of program contexts. Each session has a specific focus that provides for the collection and analysis of data from the field. A learning community will be established to network and support each other in their professional growth as mentors.

Professional Learning Series 1: Instructional Mentoring for Equitable Learning

Clarify understanding of mentors’ various roles and how to build collaborative, trusting relationships with beginning teachers through:

  • Acquiring mentoring language
  • Practicing differentiated stances of effective instructional mentoring

Professional Learning Series 2: Using Data to Inform Instruction

Learn and practice the protocols for analyzing student work to:

  • Collaboratively plan differentiated instruction with beginning teachers
  • Provide meaningful feedback and incorporate relevant aspects of brain research that enhances teaching practice
  • Building new partnerships and effectively communicating with site administrators

Professional Learning Series 3: Observation and Giving Feedback

Apply protocols and tools that support an effective observation cycle for mentors by:

  • Expanding on the use of mentoring language and practicing skills of collecting evidence and providing meaningful feedback
  • Providing a focus on using mentoring language linked to evidence of practice

Professional Learning Series 4:  Assessing Growth and Deepening Practice

Explore the latest research in student motivation and acquire new skills and tools that:

  • Support the planning of effective instruction that meets the needs of diverse learners
  • Focus on differentiated mentoring by using multiple data points to inform mentoring.

Participants will:

  • Employ the roles, language, and stances of effective instructional mentoring.  
  • Build collaborative, trusting relationships with and among beginning teachers.
  • Use the Formative Assessment Tools (FAS) to assess and advance teaching practice.
  • Use standards and criteria to anchor assessments about teaching and learning.
  • Practice strategies for mentoring in complex situations. 
Additional Information: 

Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch each day, training, materials, and the book, What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do.

There is limited space available for this particular series and participants should register early. We expect this professional learning opportunity to sell out quickly!

Please note: This training takes place during four, two-day sessions.

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Mentor Academy: Professional Learning Series Year One

Upcoming Events

Mar 27-28, 2018 (Phoenix)
AZK12 Professional Learning Center (Phoenix)
Apr 11, 2018 (Flagstaff)
Apr 25, 2018 (Flagstaff)
Eastburn Education Center at NAU, Room 190 (Flagstaff)