NCCPEP Announces Professional Learning Workshop on Recruiting, Selecting, Developing Mentor Teachers

Updated: Jan 2

By Amanda Lester


UPDATED: January 2, 2020


NCCPEP is excited to announce the opening of registration for an inaugural professional learning workshop: Recruiting, Selecting, Developing, and Retaining Mentor Teachers, being held on January 16 & 17, 2020 on the George Mason University (GMU) Arlington Campus in Arlington, VA.


Workshop Content Will Be Focused through the Lens of Clinical Partnerships


Co-sponsored by GMU, the January workshop will offer a unique two-day PK-24 professional learning experience, designed to support university-based and school-based educator clinical partnerships in establishing new processes and strengthening existing approaches for recruiting, selecting, developing, and retaining high-quality mentor teachers. The agenda is intended to assist participants in exploring challenges and promising practice to develop strategies and protocols that will be effective in their local context and will offer hands-on experiences designed to support school and university-based teacher educators in:

  • Understanding and defining mentoring in their contexts;

  • Ascertaining mentor readiness and attributes of effective mentors; and

  • Preparing mentors to support teacher candidates.

The workshop will be facilitated by an experienced George Mason University clinical practice partnership team made up of university professors and PK-12 mentor teachers, supported by NCCPEP Directors. (Click here to meet the presenters and here to learn more about the George Mason University Professional Development School (PDS) Network.)


Follow-up resources will be made available after the workshop and are included in the cost of registration. In addition, opportunities to participate in a future NCCPEP-facilitated affinity group will be made available to all registrants!


To learn more about the workshop, we invite you visit NCCPEP’s all new Professional Learning Events webpage. (UPDATE: Registration for this event is now closed.)


NCCPEP Webinar Series Sets the Stage for Workshop Participation


Aligned with the workshop, we hope you will also attend an upcoming NCCPEP webinar, “Strategies and Approaches to Mentor Teacher Development and Retention”, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST on Monday December 2. This is the final installment in a three-part webinar series on the topic of recruiting, developing, and retaining mentor teachers in clinical educator preparation programs.


The webinar learning agenda will include:

• An overview of issues pertaining to the development and retention of mentor teachers, including a discussion of the role and importance of mentor teachers in high-quality clinical educator preparation;

• A deeper look at considerations related to developing and retaining high-quality mentor teachers, including strategies for developing skills that best support teacher candidate development; and

• The impact of development and retention strategies on the effectiveness of clinical practice programs in terms of ensuring the availability of high-quality mentor teachers for all teacher candidates.


In addition to focusing on a specific aspect of this high-interest and emergent problem of practice in clinical educator preparation, the December 2 webinar, as well as previous webinars in the series, will also set the stage for important conversations that will be explored more deeply during at the workshop in January.


Ways to Connect with NCCPEP Professional Learning Events


Click here to register for the December 2 webinar. (UPDATE: This webinar is now available here, ON-DEMAND!)


To access links to on-demand recordings of the first two webinars in this series, visit www.nccpep.org/professionallearning. For more questions about the workshop and webinar series, contact us at: info@nccpep.org and follow The Center-NCCPEP on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates and announcements about NCCPEP Professional Learning Events.

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