Maximizing the Impact of New Teacher Mentoring

Sep 9, 2021

Online, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT


As part of the release of a new policy paper, NIET hosted a discussion with leaders and educators from across the country about how to better support new teachers through mentorship programs. The discussion took place Thursday, September 9, at 11 a.m. CT.

High-quality mentoring programs have been shown to increase teacher retention and effectiveness. In addition, new teacher surveys rank mentoring as the most helpful type of support. While this response is a positive development, the quality and impact of these programs vary widely, with many programs operating as little more than a "buddy system."

NIET has studied and implemented what works. The panel highlighted how mentoring can be strengthened and improved to address key challenges educators face so that mentors and mentees benefit from these programs.

  • Moderator: Laura Encalade, Co-President, NIET
  • Dr. Thomas Smith, Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Professor at the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside
  • Shawn Hayes, Director of Teacher Development, Jefferson Parish Schools, Louisiana
  • Mari Hinojosa-Barrera, First Grade Teacher and Mentor, Alice ISD, Texas
  • Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality
  • Ruth Ye, Teacher Mentorship and Leadership Specialist, Texas Education Agency

Read the paper along with guest analyses: Why New Teacher Mentoring Falls Short, and How to Fix It