As modern mentors, how can we shift our practices as individuals or make widespread change happen in our systems?
Mentoring is not the process of checking a box; it is the process of developing colleagues who eventually work alongside us in a challenging profession where collaboration, connection, and consistency are all so vital for our students.
Having a menu of strategies will ensure knowing exactly what you will get! The goal of this book is to showcase ways to develop mentoring programs, designed to assist teachers in becoming strong mentors and to assist new teachers in getting the most out of their mentoring relationship.
Suzy Brooks and Matt Joseph have written the best Mentoring resource I have ever read. Right now, the education world is brimming with books and resources on coaching and why it is important, but this book, the Modern Mentor, is a blueprint to truly help you transform what you, your school, or your district is doing to make sure newer educators succeed. This is a have-to-have for anyone who might be a mentor, who is running a mentor program, or any school leader who wants to make sure they are doing everything they can to support their new teachers.
What makes this book different from other mentoring books is that Modern Mentor focuses on what a mentee really needs. It’s focus is on building a trusting relationship where the mentee is able to explore, ask questions, try new things, fail, and succeed. Being a mentor isn’t coaching on best practices, it’s being there 💯 for a young teacher to feel supported as they learn their new profession. I’m lucky to know the authors, Matthew X. Joseph and Suzy Brooks. It’s an honor to say they both walk the walk of being a Modern Mentor to everyone they know. They are true modern mentors making a difference for new teachers!