In the past few years, CSTP has hosted a fall mentoring symposium. Below are some of the materials from these sessions.
2009 Mentor Symposium -
The symposium speakers were the following:
Laura Lipton, Ed. D. is an international consultant whose writing, research and seminars focus on effective and innovative instructional practices and on building professional and organizational capacities for enhanced learning. Laura engages with schools and school districts, designing and conducting workshops on learning-focused instruction, literacy development and strategies to support beginning teachers. Laura is author and co-author of numerous publications related to organizational and professional development, learning-focused schools and literacy development.
Bruce Wellman consults and presents workshops and courses on interactive/collaborative instruction, thinking skills development, learning-focused conversations for supervisors and mentors, presentation skills and facilitating collaborative groups.
Barbara Lawson, M.Ed., provides professional development for mentors and coaches at the OSPI Mentor Academy and other venues. She also provides training and facilitation in the improvement of instruction. Barbara is an international trainer who recently has worked with teachers in Japan and the United Arab Emirates.
Using Data as a Third Point ~ Bruce Wellman
Using data to focus the attention and energy in a conversation keeps the interaction learning focused and student-centered. But data explorations can create denial, dismissal and defensiveness. Participants in this full-day session learned how to design engaging data explorations with both quantitative and qualitative data using templates and tools to structure professional interactions between colleagues, both one-to-one and in small groups.
Lending Groups: Effectible Strategies for Building Community ~ Laura Lipton
Knowing how to structure effective processes, relevant content and authentic collaboration produces work sessions that balance participation, use time efficiently and achieve their purposes. This full-day session explored seven premises of group work and their related design the productive energy of group members, and learned a variety of individual, small and large group strategies support high levels of engagement for exploring connecting and applying new ideas to professional practice.
An Introduction to Mentoring Matters ~ Barb Lawson
For those who have not had training on the verbal and non-verbal skills of mentoring or coaching, this session provided relational and communication skills for the mentor/coach. Participants developed skills to conduct learning-focused conversations that support teacher thinking.
Keynote Address: Lenses and Language: From Novice to Expert Practice
Featured speakers are Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman, authors of Mentoring Matters: A Practical Guide to Learning-Focused Relationships. Attendees learned descriptors and definitions of expert practice and five lenses through which mentors listen to their colleagues and apply developmentally appropriate strategies for producing growth.
2008 Mentor Symposium Materials
2007 Mentor Symposium Materials