Capstone/Dissertation Title

Changing the teacher mentor program model

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed is, are new teachers prepared enough to work in their classrooms using the current mentor program model. The motivating factor for this capstone was the gap between how the district prepares new teachers for the classroom and the difficulties sometimes had by new teachers working in alternative education programs. This capstone details a proposed change to the way that one alternative program may prepare new teachers outside of the district mandated mentor program. Key influences for the capstone were the struggles that new teachers face when working with at-risk students, along with the desire by teachers to share valuable advice and experiences. The author has designed a five goal approach that a building could add that would supplement the basic mentor programs that most districts use.

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