Mentoring for All What We Are Learning

As our Mentoring for All work with boards continues to grow, below are some reflections and themes that have emerged from learning with and from mentors across the province.

Some groups have been “under-served” by prior initiative driven approaches to mentorship (aka “mentoring for some”)

Under-served groups have been deeply appreciative of the broadening of mentorship supports

  • ECE’s (and ECE/Kindergarten educator teams) – complex dynamic in Kindergarten classrooms to build mutual mentorship and collaboration, lack of embedded time
  • Business and Support staff – for many this was first exposure to mentoring learning
  • Board consultants, coaches – very “thirsty” for their own mentorship and tools to build relational trust, and provide growth oriented feedback
  • Associate Teachers – surfacing importance of their work as mentors vs. their role as evaluators
Moody sunrise in Windsor
Power of Mentoring Web and Learning Together across Roles
  • Idea of building a mentoring web across roles is modeled when everyone learns together (e.g., Office Administrator having a learning focused conversation with board Superintendent) - again shows valuing of all employee groups
School with a view in Red Rock
Foundational Mentoring for All Learning Sessions are the “easy part”
  • Building capacity of board teams to continue and deepen support for mentorship is where we need to continue to focus
  • Mentoring Steering Committee with representation from all groups to plan learning and context specific support and follow up has been a great outcome of Mentoring for All in several boards
  • Many boards are developing a vision where every employee has access to a skilled web of mentors who can support them in their role
Waiting for the sun in Peterborough
Relationship are messy and need continued care
  • All relationships – EDU with boards, faculties, federation partners require relational trust built through listening with uncertainty and understanding the complexity and messiness of learning
  • Unique and authentic mentoring webs, constructed by each learner, have tremendous potential to support de-privatization of practice, knowledge mobilization and ongoing growth for all learners – there is such a strong connection here with the collaborative professionalism work
Still morning in Hamilton
Resources to Support Implementation

The Mentoring for All eBook and online "mini-modules" in Adobe Spark linked below are all available on TeachOntario

Creating a Mentoring Web

Learners at the Centre - Mentoring for All

Mentoring is....

Building a Mentoring Web

Multiple Models of Mentorship

Building Relational Trust

Ideas from Mentors Across Ontario

The Power of Listening

Goal Setting Conversations

Facilitating Learning Focused Conversations

The 3C's as a Framework

A Conversation Map for Mediating Thinking

Ideas to Consider

Providing Meaningful and Growth Oriented Feedback

Scaling Questions as a Tool for Debriefing

Creating a Third Point

Appreciative Inquiry as a Tool for Reflection and Growth

Themes of Success from Ontario Mentors

Building Influence

Utilizing Powerful Mentoring Designs

Mentoring as Authentic Learning

Observation and Debriefing Protocols

Learning from the New Teacher Induction Program

Mentoring for All - What We Are Learning


Looking to continue your learning journey?

You can join the Mentoring for All Sharing Group on TeachOntario and engage in conversation with mentors from across the province

An Appreciation

To all the mentors we have had the privilege of working with and learning from, please accept our appreciation for your ongoing commitment to supporting the learning and growth of your colleagues and ultimately our students.

Illustrative Example of a Mentoring Web

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Access the Mentoring for All eBook - Glideshow Edition

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Connect with Mentors Across the Province on TeachOntario

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