Too often, teachers are sent to professional development sessions only to return to their classrooms without the support to enact change. With mentoring from November Learning, educators receive the guidance they need to expand the boundaries of learning.
NL mentoring extends the teaching and learning strategies presented in our powerful professional development services right into the classroom, helping teachers strengthen their skills with customized hands-on, one-on-one instruction in their own environment. Our team also works with school and district leaders to establish a new mindset towards technology, along with concrete plans for supporting change. Here’s how:
While in the classroom, an NL mentor or two-person team of mentors observes the teaching, studies student learning and, ultimately, offers specific suggestions for improvement. These recommendations help teachers reach curricular goals and also meet education standards. NL mentors assist teachers with:
- Defining clear learning objectives
- Implementing new instructional strategies
- Locating subject area resources
- Selecting the right technologies to meet learning objectives
- Creating rubrics and other assessment tools for project-based learning
- Assessing their technology skills and planning their professional growth
- Locating and connecting with peers and innovators around the world
Additionally, NL mentors show teachers exactly what to do by modeling lessons for them. These lessons incorporate 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. NL mentors also demonstrate how to use several Web 2.0 tools, including collaborative resources for educators and professional learning communities online.
Including your school and/or district leadership team is essential to the success of November Learning mentoring. After the NL team has had to chance to work with teachers in their classroom(s), we collaborate with school and/or district administrators to accomplish the following:
- Perform building walk-throughs for further observation
- Review the positive and negative teaching practices witnessed
- Discuss the positive and negative learning experiences perceived
- Pinpoint essential initiatives and technologies for effecting change
- Develop a strategy for implementing and evaluating those initiatives
- Establish a common vision and rubrics for using technology effectively
- Create a professional development schedule and sign-up calendar
Leading by Example
We believe that school and district administrators must model technology use and be able to communicate knowledgably about it. For that reason, school and district leaders are also eligible to receive one-on-one mentoring.
Along with engaging key leaders, student ownership of technology is a vital part of a mentoring program’s positive outcome. To this end, NL mentors work with staff to create Student Technology Teams, which support technology use among teachers, administrators and peers.
Throughout our stay, the NL team will provide ongoing support for your school(s) through a variety of mechanisms. They include:
- A professional development calendar and sign-up schedule created by NL mentors and school/district leadership – These administrative tools will keep track of feedback and approval from the staff development department at your school or district.
- Online support, video/print tutorials, Skype sessions and more – In addition to hands-on instruction, NL mentors will utilize Web-based solutions to guide your school.
- Monthly updates and ongoing data analysis of our work with your school or district – To help you gauge progress, we’ll keep you apprised of what is being accomplished.
Education Mentoring for Educators Testimonial
“Our work with November Learning, while I was the principal at Lawrence Middle School, was key to the growth of our staff and administration. My work with them has been a tipping point in the transformation of teaching and learning in Lawrence Township Schools.
November Learning has been and continues to be a valuable asset to our program and we would not have accomplished so much in the past two years without their guidance. We all understand the economic climate that education is facing, but hiring November Learning for your professional development needs is the best way to ensure efficiency, real-time results in the classroom and a road map for student success in the future.”
–Andrew Zuckerman, Director of Instructional Services, Lawrence Township Schools, N.J.