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We would love to start an e-mentoring component of our district's (currently face-to-face) mentoring program. Could anyone point me in the direction of some great resources that would help us get started?
I am a professor of Education at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.
We use E-Mentoring as a part of our mentoring program for the induction year of teaching.
We coordinate our program to meet the individual needs of the teacher and the district where they are employed.
We have been using an E-mentoring model for 6 years.
We also make visits to the school support our graduates.
It is working very well. We are also able to set up virtual communities to support our graduates with each other.
Our feedback from our graduates and the school district personnel has been very supportive.
Teachers don't always receive support on their campuses. It would be good to know there are other support systems out there.
We use a program called Advanced Academics. The "Talk to a Teacher" feature has been very useful, depending upon the teacher contacted. In particular, Mr. Bowie, a math instructor, is helpful from basic math through pre-Calc. The Trig and Pre-Calc students LOVED his approach. Yep, it's definitely a positive thing.
Through various listserves and other orgizantions I have been involved in online mentoring. While I do not believe that it should take the place of face to face mentors, I do believe that it has a place and many benefits.