The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) has completed revisions to Module 3 to include the SC Teaching Standards rubric. CERRA will revise the current mentor training to ensure consistency in language across the other eight modules. Other revisions, based on anecdotal feedback, will also be made. These revisions will be completed in May/June 2017. For now, the SCDE has made the new PowerPoint slides and script available to trainers. This information can be found under the Module 3 accordion tab. Trainers should feel free to begin using these materials immediately. CERRA will embed the new documents in the revised PowerPoint and training manuals which will be available this summer.
Module 1 / Section 3 has been revised to include the most up-to-date SC teacher turnover data. Trainers should review the revised Module 1 / Section 3 instructions which can be found on the Mentor Trainer Hub by clicking on the grey bar labeled "Module 1 Section 3."
The revised teacher turnover data sheets and table group questions can be found under the same bar. Until further notice, trainers will need to provide their participants with a copy of the "Table Group Questions." The Day 1 PowerPoint has also been updated to reflect these changes. We anticipate making these and other changes to the participant handbook in May/June 2017.
Suzanne Koty and Todd Scholl led two dozen educators through our state's Trainer Certification at the SCEA Headquarters in Columbia. Educators who complete the training will be certified to train mentors who will support induction teachers as they navigate their first year in the classroom.
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The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement has released a report on the recent redesign of South Carolina's Mentor Training.The report, composed by Dr. Jennifer Garrett, details the reasons for the redesign, the process in which the redesign occurred, and the components that now make up the new training.
South Carolina school districts are required to provide every beginning teacher with a trained mentor to support him/her during induction. In order to become a mentor, one must complete the two-day South Carolina Mentor Training. CERRA, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education, recently completed a redesign of this training. Extensive research and data collection, combined with years of anecdotal evidence and expert feedback, led to the decision to redesign the mentor training.
The South Carolina Mentor Training is now a two-day training that consists of nine modules, each with one to four sections that contain in-depth information about mentoring beginning teachers and activities that allow participants to apply their new learning. Significant additions to the training include instruction on the four-step mentoring cycle, specific guidance on writing Student Learning Objectives (SLOs), and an introduction to the Coaching Dialogue Protocol. Also included in the training are instructions on how to: align a mentor’s role to the beginning teacher's needs, prepare for and conduct classroom observations, analyze observation data, give effective feedback based on the observation data, and set SMART goals that will improve practice. The training allows participants more time to apply their new learning in preparation to work with beginning teachers as effective mentors.