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Mentoring and Induction Team Receives State Award

Release Date: 9/20/2010 3:00:18 PM

The Carroll County Public Schools Mentoring and Induction Team has been selected as the winner of the 2010 Team Excellence Award presented by the Maryland Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
The Mentoring and Induction Team works to launch and support beginning teachers as they acclimate to new careers and schools, as well as system, state, and federal requirements and expectations. Team members are Jamie Weaver, Coordinator of Teacher Induction; Cheryl Bobbit, High School Mentor; Gina Koger, Middle School Mentor; Robyn Marsden, Elementary School Mentor; Gretchen Milchling, Elementary School Mentor; and Marian Morgan, Special Education Mentor
The team has developed a countywide professional learning community for all non-tenured teachers. This program is made available to any teacher who chooses to participate as a way to learn, practice, and hone skills. Teachers meet regularly in after-school sessions which are followed by individual coaching and support provided by the mentors in the participants’ own classrooms.
The team also has created a newsletter entitled The Mentoring Minute. The newsletter, which is sent to non-tenured teachers every two weeks via email, covers information and advice on issues ranging from time management to brain research. The model has been adopted for use by mentoring teams in other Maryland counties as a way to continuously address many concerns voiced by novice teachers.
Margaret Kiracofe, Coordinator of Staff Development for Carroll County Public Schools, nominated the team for the award. According to Kiracofe, “Our goal as a system has always been to ensure that only the highest qualified, most competent and committed teachers stand before our students each day. The CCPS mentors provide the kind of ongoing support beginning teachers need to be successful.”

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