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2006-2007 The Kansas Early Career Professional /Mentor Academy. Mentoring in Kansas. Presently in Kansas: 37% of all Kansas teachers leave the field within 5 years 42% of all Kansas teachers leave the field within 7 years 51% of all Kansas teachers are over 45 years of age
Presently in Kansas:
37% of all Kansas teachers leave the field within 5 years
42% of all Kansas teachers leave the field within 7 years
51% of all Kansas teachers are over 45 years of age
36% of all Kansas teachers are over 50 years of age
Keeping and recruiting qualified teachers will remain a challenge for Kansas
Presently in Kansas, there are programs run by:
Educational Service Centers
PSU’s Academy is oldest running and largest teacher induction program in Kansas. The program has evolved over the past ten years.
A collaborative effort with
Pittsburg State University
USD 250 and USD 447, 248, 404, 499, 493
Southeast Kansas Special Education Interlocal 637
Both Early Career Professionals and Mentors participated in:
The program trainers include;
Dr. Kent Runyan, Mentor Trainer
Dr. Rozanne Sparks, Early Career Professional Trainer -KPA Specialist
Dr. Maryln Dishman-Horst, Early Career Professional Trainer
Trainers and Planning Board
The program is open to all 1st, 2nd and 3rd year professionals and focused on:
Increasing Student Achievement
Improving Instruction and Management
Socializing Professionals to the School Culture
Reducing Isolation for New Professionals
Retaining Professionals with Long Term Potential
Developing Collegiality Among Professionals
Early Career Professional Material included such items as:
The First Days of School by Harry Wong
Early Career Training Manual
Course Syllabus - Orientation Checklist
Activity Time Line - Teaching Styles
Parent Conferencing -Management Strategies
Materials for Early Career
Materials for The Mentor:
Why Become a Mentor
Characteristics of Beginning Professionals
Mentor Communication Activities
The Mentorship Manual
Activity Time Line
Conferencing and Coaching Guidelines
Teaching and Learning Styles Instruments
Classroom Data Collection Instruments
National Board Certification Portfolio Material
Throughout the year, various instructional leaders covered important educational topics tied to local school initiatives and common beginning teacher concerns.
Topics for the Classroom Teachers
Topics for the Early Career Professionals
Training Topics for the Mentors:
Mentor Training Goals
Mentors were trained and expected to:
Conceptualize the general characteristics, needs, concerns, and expectations of the beginning Professional.
Interact and communicate in a non-threatening , supportive manner.
Assess specific classroom needs using checklists, assessment instruments, and personal conferences.
Analyze, focus, and support specific classroom needs using peer coaching techniques.
Use data collection instruments in observing class activities.
Incorporate the personal, professional, and personality needs of the beginning Professional into activities and interactions.
Implement developmental activities that will offer additional knowledge, skills, and attitudes for successful teaching performance.
Serve effectively as a developmental mentor who can provide an orderly, personalized transition from preservice preparation to the first years of teaching.
Theoretical Framework of Development
Other Program Components
College Credit Classroom Assistance
Food, Food, Food Internet Communication
Confidentiality Agreement No Fault, Easy Out Policy
Teacher Work Sample Collaborative PD Plans
State Conference Attendance Graduation Banquet
Three hours of graduate college credit is made available to all participants during the Spring semester.
Some school districts will be paying individual stipends to the mentors.
Stipends and College Graduate Credit
Food, Food, Food
Dinner is served at every session!
Food, Food, Food
For the 2001 Christmas session, Dr. Runyan and
Mrs. Killingsworth dressed for the occasion. Door prizes were even given.
A good time was had by all!
For the 2002 Christmas banquet, Mark Disetti was the guest speaker and in 2003, Christy Levings. Door prizes were given and the banquets received front page coverage in the Morning Sun.
This year Dr. Runyan will be selecting the menu items, so watch out!
Funding comes from participant fees
School district cost is $700.00 per Mentor/Early Career Teacher and covers materials, seminar dinners , trainer & speaker stipends, hotel rooms, and banquets
Individual school districts will be responsible for KSDE’s Wichita conference registration fee, substitute costs, and travel.
With each early career professional and mentor, an Confidentiality Agreement is signed to clearly understand that no activity will be used for formal performance assessment in contract renewal or dismissal.
A No Fault, Easy Out Policy Form is also signed, if needed, to allow for a process to change the early career/mentor assignment.
No Fault, Easy Out Policy Form
Collaborative Professional Development Plans
With each early career professional and mentor, a Collaborative Professional Development Plan is used to focus classroom activities each semester. Each plan outlines objectives, planned activities, intended timeline, and verification documentation.
Types of IPDP Objectives
Knowledge: What you want to know that you did not know before?
Application: What you want to do that you did not do before?
Impact: How do you want to change student performance or classroom?
Electronic Mentoring and Communication
All Academy participants are linked through the Internet by email. Here, all early career professionals and mentors will have access to each other on a daily basis through emails. At times questions will foster diverse “discussion” and updated information will be made available.
Kansas Performance Assessment (KPA)
Every first year teacher will construct a KPA with help from Dr. Sparks to achieve a Kansas Teaching License. It will contain:
Design For Instruction
Instructional Decision Making
Analysis of Assessment Data
Reflection and Self-Evaluation
To conclude the year, both the mentor and early career professional are invited to attend the KSDE Conference in Wichita.
Over two days, past participants listened to such keynote speakers as Thomas Guskey and Terry Dozier and attended seven breakout sessions of their choosing.
For a number of years, the mentor and early career professional stayed together in the Radisson Broadview.
Evening discussions centered on the points made by the keynote speakers.
The evenings were spent attending symposiums:
York Educational Symposium
The first night, Dr. York held the Annual Educational Symposium.
Sparks Educational Symposium
The second evening, Dr. Sparks conducted her Annual Spark’s Symposium.
During the conference, participants choose the sessions they wanted to attend.
Concluding Graduation Banquet
Most years a concluding graduation banquet was held at the conference. Guest speaker was always Dr. Andy Tompkins, Kansas Commissioner of Education.
2003 Graduation Banquet
Graduates are given a Certificate of Completion by Dr. Steve Scott, Dean of PSU’s College of Education.
Attending 2002 Mentors and Early Career Professionals
Early Career Professionals
2003 Mentors and Early Career Teachers
Early Career Teachers
Over past several years, the Academy has stayed at various hotels.
Also, over past several years, the Academy has hosted the graduation banquet locally.
The Academy meets all KSDE Standards and contains all indicators suggested for quality Mentoring, Induction, and Peer Assistance programs.
The program has received local publicity with newspaper and television coverage.
The program has also received state and national publicity in being presented at various conferences sponsored by:
International Mentoring Association
Association of American Colleges of Teacher Education
Kansas United School Administrators
Kansas State Department of Education
We have been disappointed. Attendance at our sessions could have been better!
Welcome to a new year!