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Caring Adults in the Building: Simple Steps to Building a Quality Mentoring Program. Jennifer Wilson Graduation Coach Haynes Bridge Middle School, Fulton County Schools (770) 740 - 7030 [email protected] Christine Martinez Counselor

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Caring Adults in the Building:

Simple Steps to Building a Quality Mentoring Program

Jennifer Wilson

Graduation Coach

Haynes Bridge Middle School, Fulton County Schools

(770) 740 - 7030

[email protected]

Christine Martinez

Counselor

Haynes Bridge Middle School, Fulton County Schools

(770) 740 - 7030

[email protected]

3/10/2014

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Why Mentoring?

  • Data of Mentoring as a Best Practice

Why Not Mentoring?

  • Where will we find the mentors?

  • How will we fund the program?

  • How will we measure our results?


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Check & Connect

Haynes Bridge Middle School Mentoring Program


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Can you name any of the following:

  • Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2007

  • NFL MVP 2007-08

  • Oscar Winner for Best Actor 2008

  • Richest Person on the Planet in 2008 (Forbes Magazine)

  • Your Favorite Teacher


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Can you name any of the following:

  • Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2007: Al Gore

  • NFL MVP 2007-08: Tom Brady

  • Oscar Winner for Best Actor 2008: Daniel Day-Lewis

  • Richest Person on the Planet in 2008 (Forbes Magazine): Warren Buffett

  • Your Favorite Teacher – How many had one that made you feel valued?


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Key Features Check & Connect:

  • Relationship Building

  • Routine Monitoring of Alterable Indicators

  • Individualized and Timely Intervention

  • Long-term Commitment

  • Problem-Solving


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Check Component

  • Mentors will be given copies of interim reports, progress reports, and semester grades

  • Meetings will be designed around report cycles to allow mentors to discuss progress with students


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Connect Component

  • Mentors will be provided with “talking points” for each meeting

  • For example:

    • September ~ Goal Setting

    • October ~ Assignment Strategies (“Homework Horrors”)

    • December ~ Multiple Intelligence (“What are your gifts?”)


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Time Commitment for Mentors

  • Minimal and at the discretion of the mentor

  • All “talking point” activities will be provided

  • Background information will be provided on each student

  • Grades, attendance information, etc. will be provided to mentors

  • Food/treats will be provided on meeting dates

  • Additional interactions will be at the discretion of the mentor


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What are the benefits of mentoring?

  • Greater academic achievement

  • Fewer alienated students

  • Increased attendance

  • Less vandalism

  • Better educational climate

  • Greater reported job satisfaction for participating teachers


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The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt. — Leo Buscaglia


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