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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

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mentoring in kansas
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

36% of all Kansas teachers are over 50 years of age

Keeping and recruiting qualified teachers will remain a challenge for Kansas

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Mentoring in Kansas

Presently in Kansas, there are programs run by:

Individual Schools

School Districts

Educational Service Centers

Universities

Collaborative Alliances

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy2006-2007

PSU’s Academy is oldest running and largest teacher induction program in Kansas. The program has evolved over the past ten years.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

A collaborative effort with

Pittsburg State University

USD 250 and USD 447, 248, 404, 499, 493

Southeast Kansas Special Education Interlocal 637

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

The Structure

Both Early Career Professionals and Mentors participated in:

  • Six Monthly Seminars
  • Weekly School Interactions
  • Concluding Wichita Conference
  • Graduation Banquet
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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Participants

  • Early Career Teachers (First through third year)
  • Early Career Teachers (Post tenure requesting peer assistance)
  • Early Career Special Education Professionals (First through third year)
  • Early Career Special Education Professionals (Requesting peer assistance)
  • Classroom Mentors (Selected for positive attitude, proximity, discipline/grade similarity, and instructional proficiency)
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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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

Training Goals

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Materials for The Mentor:

The Mentorship

Why Become a Mentor

Characteristics of Beginning Professionals

Mentor Communication Activities

Mentor Characteristics

The Mentorship Manual

Orientation Checklist

Activity Time Line

Conferencing and Coaching Guidelines

Teaching and Learning Styles Instruments

Classroom Data Collection Instruments

Video-taping Guidelines

National Board Certification Portfolio Material

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Throughout the year, various instructional leaders covered important educational topics tied to local school initiatives and common beginning teacher concerns.

Topics

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Topics for the Classroom Teachers

  • School and Community Orientation
  • Effective Parent Professional Conferences
  • Student Learning Styles
  • Classroom Management Strategies
  • Positive Discipline
  • High Expectations for Every Child
  • IDEA and the Classroom Teacher
  • The Internet for Effective Lesson Planning
  • National Board Certification
  • Ending the Year Right
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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Topics for the Early Career Professionals

  • Time Management and Organization Skills
  • What It Is Like To Be Handicapped
  • National Board Certification
  • QPA and Accreditation
  • Positive Behavioral Support
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Adapting Curriculum
  • IDEA and Legislation
  • Autism Update
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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy
  • Topics for the Early Career Professionals
  • SEKSEC Structure and Personnel
  • Compliance Issues
  • IEP’s and Behavior Plans
  • Accommodations and Modifications
  • Parent Professional Conferences
  • Special Education Internet Sites
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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Training Topics for the Mentors:

  • Characteristics and Stages of Beginning Professionals
  • Characteristics of Growth - Oriented Mentors
  • Assessing Professional Needs
  • Assessing Teaching Styles
  • Using the Internet for Ideas
  • Brain Research
  • Coaching Another Professional
  • Rogerian Counseling
  • Classroom Observation Instruments
  • Using Video-taping to Help a Beginning Professional
  • National Board Certification
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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Program Evaluation:

Theoretical Framework of Development

Establishing Structures

(Survival)

  • Acquiring supplies and establishing room layout
  • Knowing school policies, norms and culture
  • Building collegial staff relationships
  • Establishing classroom procedures and routines
  • Setting rules and reinforcing them to gain respect of students
  • Expanding subject matter knowledge
  • Lesson planning for high time on task
  • Coping with evaluation, other’s opinion, and fear of failure
  • Knowing parents and opening lines of communication
  • Developing the Science of Teaching
  • (Mastery)
  • Using various models of teaching correctly
  • Acquisition of innovative techniques, activities, and ideas
  • Asking classroom questions effectively and providing review and pra
  • Providing timely assignment feedback and furnishing justification for grades
  • Clear direction giving, illustration, and transitions so classroom activities move smoothly
  • Identifying learning styles, characteristics, and needs of class
  • Providing sponge activities to keep students busy
  • Managing time pressures
  • Developing the Art of Teaching
  • (Impact)
  • Being novel, vivid, and varied in teaching strategies
  • Achieving equity in monitoring, questioning and feedback
  • Showing high expectations for every student and motivating all students to succeed
  • Striving to meet the individual academic, emotional and social needs of students
  • Developing consistency in enthusiasm, fairness and humorous disposition
  • Being a role model who shows empathy, warmth, and respect to each student
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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Food, Food, Food

Dinner is served at every session!

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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!

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Banquets

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.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Monthly Meetings

This year Dr. Runyan will be selecting the menu items, so watch out!

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Confidentiality Agreement

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.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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?

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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:

Contextual Factors

Learning Objectives

Assessment Plan

Design For Instruction

Instructional Decision Making

Lesson Reflection

Assessment Data

Analysis of Assessment Data

Reflection and Self-Evaluation

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Year-End Conference

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.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

The evenings were spent attending symposiums:

York Educational Symposium

The first night, Dr. York held the Annual Educational Symposium.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Sparks Educational Symposium

The second evening, Dr. Sparks conducted her Annual Spark’s Symposium.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

During the conference, participants choose the sessions they wanted to attend.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Graduation Certificate

Graduates are given a Certificate of Completion by Dr. Steve Scott, Dean of PSU’s College of Education.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Attending 2002 Mentors and Early Career Professionals

Early Career Professionals

Mentors

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Mentors

2003 Mentors and Early Career Teachers

Early Career Teachers

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Over past several years, the Academy has stayed at various hotels.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

Also, over past several years, the Academy has hosted the graduation banquet locally.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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.

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Kansas Early Career Professional / Mentor Academy

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!