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Mentor training

Mentor Training

Salisbury University

The Power of Two in Today’s Classroom



  • You have just agreed to host an SU intern…

  • What are your next steps?

Mentor responsibilities

Mentor responsibilities…

  • Promptly sign and return your contract to Salisbury University.

  • Remain engaged in all aspects of instruction throughout the experience.

  • Provide constant feedback (oral & written) to the intern daily.

  • Complete mid-term and final evaluations online and on time.

Su s pds website

SU’s PDS Website

Mentors oversee

Mentors oversee…

  • Welcome gestures (email, letter, phone call, banner)

  • Introductionsto faculty, staff, parents & students as your co-teacher (not an SU student or student teacher)

  • Work spacewith supplies

  • Provide a mapof the school & a tour

  • Supply important school contact numbers

  • Discuss school expectations(principal’s vision, dress code, arrival & departure times)

Mentors oversee cont

Mentors oversee…(cont.)

  • Provide schedules (classes/subjects, planning time, duties, meetings, after school activities)

  • Supply handbooks (county, school, classroom)

  • Furnish curricular materials (textbooks, manuals, teacher guides, State Curriculum)

  • Provide class roster(s) & seating chart(s)

  • Supply incidental information (copier info, supplies, faculty room, restroom, parking, technology, media)

  • Discuss school & class procedures (fire drill, crisis plan, delay schedules, behavior policies, management strategies)

Mentor training

Preparing the

next generation

of teachers






Why PDS?

P-12 Student


Teacher retention and pds

Teacher Retention and PDS

  • 2006 Towson University Teacher Retention Study:

    • Study examined retention rates for teachers prepared in collaborative PDS settings vs. those prepared in non PDS settings.

    • 87 beginning teachers were followed for a five year period. (2001-2006)

    • Results: Retention rate of PDS-trained teachers is 37% higher than that of non-PDS trained teachers. At the end of 5 years 71% of PDS trained teachers were still teaching, while only 34% of non-PDS trained teachers were still teaching.

The pds difference

The PDS Difference

  • “Student Teachers” vs. Interns

    • a cohort of interns placed exclusively in PDS sites

    • interns complete a100-day Extensive Internship experience over two semesters

  • Approach to the Experience

    • remain engaged in instruction

    • co-teaching

What is co teaching

What is co-teaching?

  • Mentor & intern collaborating together in the…

    • planning of instruction.

    • delivery of instruction.

    • assessment of student learning.

  • Mentor & intern remaining engaged in instruction.

  • A win-win for everyone involved:

    • Pre-K – 12 students & parents

    • SU candidates

    • Teachers

    • Local schools

Co teaching is not

Free Ride

Co-teaching is NOT…

  • the mentor and the intern “taking turns” teaching.

  • the mentor disengaging from the instructional process after a week of modeling. (sink or swim)

  • interns “taking over” classes on a set timeline.

  • an extended “coffee break” for mentors.

  • a free ride for interns.

Co teaching and accountability

Co-teaching and Accountability

  • St. Cloud TQE Initiative

  • 5 year U.S. Dept. of Education, Teacher Quality Enhancement Partnership Grant - awarded in October 2003

    • Looked at Co-Teaching during internship

    • Collected 4 years of data (qualitative and quantitative)

    • Training and Support for Mentors and University Supervisors

    • Teacher Candidates get co-teaching as a part of their program

    • Workshop for Pairs

Reading proficiency minnesota comprehensive assessment

Reading ProficiencyMinnesota Comprehensive Assessment

χ² (2 df, N=1353) = 12.79, p = .002

χ² (2 df, N=2241) = 12.54, p = 002

Math proficiency minnesota comprehensive assessment

Math ProficiencyMinnesota Comprehensive Assessment

χ² (2 df, N=1349) = 8.31, p=.016

χ² (2 df, N=2355) = 7.35, p=.025

One last fact to consider

One last fact to consider…

  • Accountability

    • With the high stakes testing in Maryland & across the nation, schools cannot afford to have their “A-List” teachers disengage from instruction.

    • With two teachers in the classroom the student-to-teacher ratio decreases making differentiation a reality.

Who supports co teaching

Who supports co-teaching?

  • Your school district superintendent

  • Your administration

  • SU education faculty and students

  • The Maryland State Department of Education

    Bottom line…PDS and co-teaching are not “SU things”…they just make sense!

What does co teaching look like

What does co-teaching look like?

  • Four basic models

    1.Supportive teaching - one teacher is the lead instructor while the other teacher provides support for individual students and observes particular behaviors.

    • Strategies: graze & tag, proximity, conferencing, strategic pull-out, 1-on-1...

Co teaching models continued

Co-teaching models continued…

2.Complementary Teaching - when one co-teacher enhances the instruction provided by the other co-teacher.

Strategies: record & edit, demonstrations, simulations, activity/lab set-up & break down, technology assistance, modeling, planted question...

Co teaching models continued1

Co-teaching models continued…

3.Parallel Teaching - when two or more people work with different groups of students in different sections of the classroom.

  • Strategies: tiered instruction, stations, cooperative learning, literature circles...

Co teaching models continued2

Co-teaching models continued…

4.Team teaching - both teachers are actively engaged in instruction and management of the class.

  • Strategies: role playing, modeling, cooperative learning, think-alouds, staged argument

Co teaching tools

Co-teaching Tools

  • Tools Include:

    • Co-teaching Self- Assessment Checklist

    • Co-teaching Issues for Discussion & Planning

    • Co-teaching Daily Lesson Plan Form

    • Co-teaching Daily Lesson Reflection Form

Co teaching training benefits include

Co-teaching training benefits include…

  • a Salisbury University “Clinical Mentor” designation & certificate.

  • a $50 bonus each time you host an SU intern for an 8 week internship experience.

  • the satisfaction of knowing that as a trained mentor teacher you are making the most of all available resources in your classroom.

Su s pds website1

SU’s PDS Website

For more information

For more information…

  • please contact the Professional Development Schools (PDS) Coordinator for Salisbury University:

    • Stacie Siers

    • 410-677-5042




  • Bing, J., Dunn, A., Veditz, J. (April 2007). A Royal Flush: How to Maintain a Successful PDS Partnership.

  • Brown, J., Conners, K., Ennis, T., Gasior, P, Houghtaling, C., Johnson, J., Lutz, M.K., Siers, S. (April 2007). 21 strategies in 21 minutes: hands-on ideas for co-teaching in PDS internship.

  • Conners, K., Gasior, P., & Siers S. (November 2006). Re-inventing the student-teaching internship to maximize P-12 student achievement.

  • Elburn, S., & Siers, R. (2007, June).The power of two: Maximizing the collaborative experience - A phenomenological study.Paper presented at the Professional Development Schools Workshop, Salisbury, Md.

References continued

References continued…

MidValley Consortium for Teacher Education (2000). Partners for Student Achievement: A Co-Teaching Resource Handbook.

Towson University. Teacher Retention PDS Study, Phase 1 findings. Retention Class of 2001.

Thousand, J.S., Villa, R.A., & Nevin, A.I. (2006). The many faces of collaborative planning and teaching. Theory Into Practice, 45(3), 239-248.

St. Cloud State University (2010). Teacher Quality Enhancement Center.

Villa, R.A., Thousand, J.S., & Nevin, A.I. (2004). A guide to co-teaching: Practical tips for facilitating student learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Created by

Created by…

  • The Regional Professional Development Schools Program of the Seidel School of Education and Professionals Studies, Salisbury University

Test your understanding activity one

Test Your Understanding (Activity One)

  • In your group, choose a content standard (objective) from the VSC for a specific subject/grade level.

    • Using the supportive teaching model, develop a co-teaching strategy to reach the lesson objective.

    • Now do the same for the remaining co-teaching models: complementary teaching, parallel teachingandteam teaching.

    • When you finish you should have developed 4 different ways to co-teach the selected objective.

Work it out

Work it out!

  • In your groups, complete the case scenario appropriate for your grade level and/or subject area.

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