Mentoring in Action is the first book in a two-book set. MIA is written as a month-to-month curriculum for mentors to guide conversations between mentors and new teachers. The book is separated into two parts. The first part guides mentors through the process of teacher induction, the principles of effective mentoring, the role of mentors, and how to hold different types of mentoring meetings. Part Two is the bulk of the book and includes a month-to-month curriculum. The months do NOT have to be used in chronological order, although as set up they follow the typical phases of a teacher's year. Each month includes a planning section, a section to connect mentors & new teachers with resources, activities to ensure mentors and mentees cover a wide range of topics each month (i.e. classroom management, lesson planning, assessment, etc.), reflection, and setting goals for the next month. The new edition includes the month of July, which mentors and teachers can use to reflect on the previous year and refresh for the new year. This new edition also incorporates a companion website, which houses videos and downloadable forms.
About the Author
Carol Pelletier Radford is an education consultant recently transitioning from the position of Project SUCCESS Program Director, a Massachusetts statewide hybrid mentor “train the trainer” leadership program. She received her Ed D from Harvard University where she focused her studies on teacher leadership, preparing cooperating teachers, and professional development. She has served in higher education for 20 years working as an administrator, a licensing officer, and alternative certification program director.
In more than 20 years as a public school teacher, she has received numerous teacher leadership awards, among them the prestigious Christa Mc Auliffe Fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
She is the author of Mentoring in Action: Guiding, Sharing, and Reflecting With Novice Teachers; The First Years Matter: Becoming an Effective Teacher; Strategies for Successful Student Teaching 3rd edition; The First Year Matters: Being Mentored in Action; Mentoring in Action: A Month-By-Month Curriculum; Touch the Future TEACH!; and Techniques and Strategies for Coaching Student Teachers 2nd edition.
Carol is actively engaged in using video to teach and communicate with mentors and novice teachers. Her online graduate courses include Becoming a Qualified Mentor, Maintaining Your Balance—Novice Teacher Development After Year 1, and Mindful Leadership in Action— Supporting Principals to Lead Induction Programs. She is a passionate advocate for teacher leadership and the inclusion of student voices in classroom practice. Her current focus is integrating mindfulness practices into her courses and presentations.
"What amazes me about the Mentoring in Action and First Years Matter books is that every aspect of the teaching field is addressed." -- Kerri Schoonover, History Teacher
"I love the idea of having mentors and mentees work alongside each other with Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter, sharing their thoughts about challenges and successes each month and opening up a reflective dialogue." -- Karen Mayotte, Grade 2 Classroom Teacher/ Co-coordinator Mentor Program
"The two texts, Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter, are companion texts that give both participants a guide for discussions, suggestions for activities, and a place to track reflections. They also allow for targeted differentiation." -- Maureen Perkins, Reading Specialist
"Integrating teacher evaluation standards fits naturally into the reflection prompts and activities in The First Years Matter and Mentoring in Action texts." -- Caitlin Corrieri, Mentor Coordinator
"I will most definitely use the Mentoring in Action text paired with The First Years Matter text as a month-by-month curriculum to focus mentoring conversations." -- Kristen Daly, First Grade Teacher
"With the Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter books, training of mentors is consistent and comprehensive. The First Years Matter is structured enough to provide a clear path toward helping a new hire to achieve independence." -- John Radosta, Mentoring Coordinator
"Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter are so important to guide discussions between mentor and mentee and are also helpful when differentiating for a new teacher's needs." -- Elyse Hager, Kindergarten Teacher
"Our district will use the Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter texts to directly align with teacher evaluation standards and create a common language among our mentors and novice teachers." -- Bethany Botelho, Mentor Teacher Facilitator
"This year we were trained to use the Mentoring in Action book. This has provided a common language and framework for mentors, which has been most helpful to maintain a consistent program." -- Marguerite Rancourt, Lead Mentor
"The Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter books are critical resources that each mentor will need to provide support for becoming a qualified mentor." -- Angela Downing, 1st Grade Teacher
"The Mentoring in Action curriculum will guide the mentors as they work with their mentees, providing some commonality while at the same time allowing for differentiation." -- Joyce English, Grade 1 Teacher
"The Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter books have given me so much knowledge and understanding of the mentoring process that I feel more than confident in my ability to direct a mentoring program." -- Adam Crawford Crombie, Co-Director of Mentoring
"This is a terrific resource for mentors and coaches at all levels. It strategically helps mentors reflect on what novice teachers might be thinking and needing, and what they as mentors could be doing to support them. Step by step, Radford guides us through the year. The book is chock full of ideas and questions to use with novice teachers. It's a really useful tool to have on hand." -- Jennifer Abrams, Author of Hard Conversations Unpacked and The Multigenerational Workplace
"The 2nd edition of Mentoring in Action: Guiding, Sharing, and Reflecting with Novice Teachers by Carol Pelletier Radford offers a very well-organized and practical roadmap that includes reflections, activities, tips, and forms to support mentors who work with beginning teachers. In addition, the companion website for this book offers extensive resources for mentors including many videos. This book offers support for those who lead by mentoring others whether they are new to mentoring or want to increase their knowledge and skill as a mentor. The best mentorship programs include support for the mentors, not just for new teachers. This book provides a roadmap for that support, whether it is followed by individual teacher-mentors or by those in charge of mentoring programs. In fact, everyone in a position of leadership should read and use the contents of this book." -- Barbara Levin, Professor and Author of Every Teacher a Leader
"Carol Radford is the consummate professional educator. From the outset of my association with her, she has been a conscientious and dedicated administrator, a mentor, and a generous and supportive colleague. Readily able to foster constructive connections between course material and her own exemplary classroom experience, she has consistently provided innovative direction and support to classroom teachers by way of the books she has authored. Generations of educators have and will continue to use them.
Dr. Radford's commitment to teaching in urban populations has distinguished her contribution to the education profession. I continue to be impressed by her command of relevant research and effective instructional techniques. Her skill is facilitating communication. She effectively addresses the interface between practice and education with the primary objective of identifying the relevant issues in support of human well-being. Dr. Radford is truly a reflective practitioner, and I always appreciate opportunities to learn from her as she continues to clarify the relevant issues in educational practice by way of her latest publications." -- Cameron Marzelli, Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
"In a profession that loses 50% of its entering teachers by Year Five, Carol Radford's Mentoring in Action is a beautiful, wise, month-by-month guide to powerful, mindful mentoring of the novice instructor. Filled with decades of her own teaching, research and mentoring wisdom, Radford offers a move-by-move guide to building the mentoring relationship, examples of mentoring in action, and instructions and modeling of purposeful mentoring conversations. This book is a must-buy for any teacher leader, instructional coach, curriculum director...or even the brand-new teacher. We are lucky to have Mentoring in Action back fully revised and more complete than ever, to access Carol Radford's wisdom and guidance." -- Dr. Kirsten Olson, Author of Wounded By School and The Mindful School Leader