More than Mentoring

Region 7 ESC More than Mentoring, More than Retention, Building a Systemic Support Program for New Teachers
Date: April 17, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Region 7 ESC
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About the Workshop
Empowering educators is paramount for fostering student success. However, the process of recruiting, inducting, and retaining high-quality educators often takes a backseat until it's "staffing season." This workshop aims to spotlight these critical practices throughout the year, offering insights and strategies to support new and seasoned teachers. Led by experienced educational leaders, this session will delve into actionable steps for creating effective mentorship programs tailored to the unique needs of educators.
Workshop Highlights
  • Identification of impactful actions to support new teachers.
  • Strategies for fostering growth among both alternatively certified and traditionally certified educators.
  • Guidance on creating or revitalizing district-specific teacher mentor programs.
  • Utilization of resources such as the TEA's Effective Schools Framework and the three-year Learning Hierarchy for Teachers (Harris, 2016).
Why Attend?
This workshop provides a rare opportunity for school leaders to gain invaluable insights into best practices for supporting teachers year-round. By participating, attendees will:
  • Gain actionable strategies for enhancing teacher support and retention.
  • Learn how to tailor mentorship programs to meet the diverse needs of educators.
  • Access resources and frameworks proven to drive educator success.
  • Network with peers and share experiences in nurturing teacher growth.
Meet the Speaker: Dr. Dawn Harris
With three decades of experience in education, Dr. Dawn Harris brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to teacher support and mentorship. Over her 22-year tenure at Gilmer ISD, she has held various roles, including assistant principal, principal, director, and assistant superintendent. Dr. Harris holds a BSE from the University of Central Arkansas, an M.Ed. from Texas A&M, Texarkana, and an Ed.D. from Texas A&M, Commerce.
Dr. Harris is deeply passionate about assisting new teachers during their crucial first three years in the profession. Her groundbreaking work includes creating the three-year Invest Mentoring Program in 2014, which has significantly contributed to increased teacher retention rates in Gilmer ISD. Recognized for her achievements, Dr. Harris and the Invest Mentoring program have been featured in prestigious publications such as the Texas School Business Magazine and Texas ATPE.
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