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A Day of Professional Development for Mentor Teachers

This one-day conference, designed for new and seasoned mentor teachers, will focus on key topics that strengthen mentoring relationships and offer approaches and insights that advance professional practice. The conference will conclude with a panel discussion and an opportunity for mentor teachers and College of Education faculty to network and collaborate.

Keynote Address

"Celebrating Mentor Teachers and Their Work to Prepare Teacher Candidates for the Classroom"

PreK-12 mentor teachers play a critical role in university-school partnerships that facilitate the training and development of new teachers. Effective mentor teachers not only engage successful teacher candidates in critical reflective processes during supervised field experiences and student teaching, they empower teacher candidates to demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions related to the content area, pedagogy, cultural context and developmental levels of students. In this session, the presenter celebrates mentor teachers' work and their promotion of new teacher effectiveness in schools.

Keynote Speaker

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Tarek C. Grantham, professor, department of educational psychology (gifted and creative education); research associate, Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, University of Georgia College of Education.

Breakout Sessions

Participants will choose one from Session A and one from Session B.

Session A

Using a Co-Teaching Model with Your Preservice Teacher Candidate

This session will describe how to use a co-teaching model, based on the work of St. Cloud University, as a framework for mentoring teacher candidates in your classroom. Topics covered will include reviewing Friend & Cook's co-teaching models, providing tools and resources for using the model, and giving participants an opportunity to talk about successes and challenges when mentoring teacher candidates. Perfect for veteran mentor teachers and new mentor teachers who would like to consider their role in training preservice teachers and learn new skills to do so!

  • Presenter: Bethany Hamilton-Jones, clinical associate professor, department of communication sciences and special education (special education), University of Georgia College of Education

Increasing English Language Learners' Academic and Social Achievement Through Collaborative Interaction

This interactive introduction to a system for integrating collaborative interaction into standard-based lessons across the curriculum offers participants tools and strategies for implementation and reflection, examples of how this system looks in the classroom, and the opportunity to practice the pedagogy. Additionally, information about professional development opportunities and different district partnership models will be shared.

  • Presenter: Paula Mellom, associate director, Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, University of Georgia College of Education
  • Co-presenter: Jodi Weber, education specialist, Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, University of Georgia College of Education

Session B

Coaching Teacher Candidates on Classroom Management

Assuming a warm, yet authoritative stance can be challenging for teacher candidates. This session will focus on how mentor teachers can help candidates learn classroom management strategies based on positive relationships with students.

  • Presenter: Amy Murphy, clinical assistant professor, department of educational theory and practice (middle grades education programs), University of Georgia College of Education

Professional Learning Requirements: The New World of Professional Learning

How will the new Certificate Renewal Rule with its emphasis on job-embedded professional learning affect mentors as they work with colleagues? We'll discuss the opportunities mentors will have to be an integral part of professional learning communities and teacher support.

  • Presenter: Bobbi Ford, education specialist, Georgia Professional Standards Commission

Session C

Mentoring Panel

This panel discussion will spotlight the secondary mathematics education program's mentoring process as a framework for fostering insights and conversations about best practices in mentoring teacher candidates.

  • **Moderator: ** Lou Tolosa-Casadont, clinical associate professor and world language program coordinator, department of language and literacy education (TESOL and world language education), University of Georgia College of Education


  • Laura Bierema, professor, department of lifelong education, administration, and policy (human resource and organizational development, adult education, learning and organization), University of Georgia College of Education
  • AnnaMarie Conner, associate professor, department of mathematics and science education (mathematics education); on-site instructor, Professional Development School District, University of Georgia College of Education
  • Elesha Coons, educator, high school mathematics, Clarke County School District
  • Kristina Patel, educator, middle grades mathematics, Clarke County School District

Session D

Professional Networking with Program Faculty

Mentor teachers will have the opportunity to network and collaborate with program faculty in the College of Education.

For more information about the workshops, please contact Anna Hiers.


Cost: $50 (includes instructional materials, parking pass, refreshment break and lunch)

Registration is free for the first 75 registrants!

Registration deadline: Feb. 14

Cancellation and refund policy: All cancellations must be submitted via email by Feb. 14 in order to receive a full refund. Cancellations after this deadline are non-refundable. If cancellation is not made by the deadline, and you are not able to attend, you or your organization are still liable for payment.

Registration transfer: If you have registered for an event but cannot attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. Simply send us an email 24 hours before the event with the registration information of the person who will attend.

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