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371.102 Elsbt 1997

1 HE Single

Best Thing

Mentoring Beginning Teachers A Manual for Program Designers and Participants

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DOCUMENTS COLLECTION

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MONTANA STATE
1515
E. 6th

LIBRARY. AVE.

HEL£NA, MONTANA 59620

Dr. Alan Zetler,
and

Principal

Author

Dr. Lee Spnhler,

Associate Author

for the

Montana

Certification Standards

and Practices Advisory Council

State

Board of Public Education

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Jim McCrossin
High School Principal Whitehall, Montana

July 1997

Digitized by the Internet Archive
in

2011 with funding from

IVIontana State Library

http://www.archive.org/details/singlebestthingm1997zetl

FOREWARD
The Single Best Thing was developed as a
self-help

manual

for districts

and

schools wishing to investigate or implement a beginning teacher mentoring support program. The manual describes one model of mentoring that was researched in thirty-five Montana schools from the period 1992-95 under the title "Beginning Teacher Support Program."

Standards and Practices Advisory Council (CSPAC) of the State Board of Public Education has ownership of the research data and the manual. Publication and distribution of The Single Best Thing is a function of CSPAC. (See address below.)

The Montana

Certification

The manual authors

Dr. Alan Zetler and Dr. Lee Spuhler conducted the original mentorship research and developed the manual under contract to CSPAC. Both authors are Emeriti Professors and Deans at Western Montana College of The University of Montana located in Dillon, Montana. :

The authors wish

and present members of the Board of Public Education, Certification Standards and Practices Advisory Council, and Montana's professional education associations for their assistance and support in completing to give credit to past

this project.

Under continuing obligation to Assistance and consultation about mentoring CSPAC for the period 1997-99, the manual authors are available for consultation. During the two-year period, the authors are available to make a total of four presentations without stipend to school disthcts and/or professional organizations. CSPAC will consider the stipend-free requests and the authors may contract for additional presentations. In addition, the authors will be available for telephone consultation for the two-year period, again at no cost to the callers. The contacts for :

the manual copies and consultation services are as follows:

Montana Certification Standards and Practices Advisory Council 2500 Broadway Helena, MT 59620 Phone: (406)444-6576
Dr.
*

Alan G. Zetler P.O. Box 1002
Dillon,

MT 59725
Accreditation

Phone: (406)683-4751
*

Lee Spuhler 3725 Laknar Lane Dillon, MT 59725 Phone: (406)683-4622 Dr.

*

Contact also through:

and Rural Education Office Western Montana College of The University 710 8. Atlantic, Dillon. MT 59725-3598 Phone: (406)683-7121 Email:

of

Montana

s_munday@wmc.edu
i

Desktop Published by Sally Munday
Western Montana College of The University of Montana

This document

was

printed with state dollars from the Certification

Any Standards and Practices Advisory Council's research fund. reproduction or citation must credit the Certification Standards and Practices Advisory Council and the Board of Public Education. Resale of this publication is strictly prohibited.

The Single Best Thing

Table of Contents

Foreward
Chapter One: Introduction From Where Did the Manual Originate? The Basic Definitions What Is the Purpose of the Manual? What the Manual Doesn't Do Manual Organized? The Guiding Premises What About the Future? Mentoring and Induction Programs Is the

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2 3

How

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5 6

Chapter Two:

Essential

Components
Prionties for

Issues That

Become

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