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How to Mentor Online

By Mary Mitchell and Kay Ruhle Florida Virtual School Online Teacher Mentors Mentoring in the virtual world is not just putting two people together. Mentoring is a school-wide commitment to continue the culture of a virtual school. A strong mentoring program to support new team members accomplishes it. We have
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By Mary Mitchell and Kay Ruhle
Florida Virtual School
Online Teacher Mentors
Mentoring in the virtual world is not just putting two people together. Mentoring is a school-wide commitment to continue the culture of a virtual school. A strong mentoring program to support new team members accomplishes it. We have found 7 Essential Components of a successful mentoring program. A well-developed mentoring program: 1.Documents the purpose, goals and outcomes of the program:

    Ex. -- to educate students, provide meaningful venues for teachers and a high completion rate for the states

2.Focuses on improved student learning:

    Ex. -- students are successful in a variety of courses that is unavailable to them in a traditional setting

3.Establishes a mentoring relationship:

    Ex. -- the pairing of a novice with an experienced teacher

4.Provides specific guidance for both the mentee and the mentor:

    Ex. -- Training seminars, professional reading resources, consistent professional development

5.Empowers the mentor to be a lifeline for the mentee:

    Ex. -- Developing professional and personal relationships through personal phone calls, team conference calls and online training sessions for the sharing of materials and ideas, challenges and successes

6.Clearly defines accountability measures for both the mentor and mentee:

    Ex. -- 60-day checklists, progress of students, monthly reports, mentor logs, year-end surveys)

7.Provides resources and support for mentors and mentees:

    Ex. -- school-wide mentors, monthly newsletters, instructional leadership team, academic team, training team and an attitude of mutual understanding for problem solving

A progressively thinking virtual school will devote time, financial resources and personnel resources to insuring that teachers are supported in this new endeavor. Doing so provides the rewards of satisfied personnel and increased teacher retention.

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