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The Mentoring Leadership and Resource Network, better known as MLRN, is a grass roots effort started by a few educators and supported, in part as a network community of ASCD. Since 1991 MLRN has grown to become a international initiative. MLRN was started by six educators with an interest in new teacher mentoring and induction programs. The intent is to help educators everywhere to access the best practices in mentoring and induction and to create a "mentoring initiative" across the USA.
The 5 MLRN purposes:
• To provide an organizational vehicle for a mentoring initiative
• To increase the knowledge base and general awareness of best practices in the mentoring and induction of new teachers by providing a variety of forums for those involved in mentoring to share their experiences with others
• To promote and provide effective training for new teacher mentors
• To establish mentoring of new teachers as the norm in schools
• To establish, through mentoring, the norms of collegiality, collaboration and continuous professional development in schools.
Unmuted: The Importance of Student Feedback
Richard_Lange, 3 years ago| FlagNew Teacher Advisory Board
In 2009, ASCD initiated a new program for the networks and renamed them Connected Communities. Along with this initiative, MLRN created a Student Advisory Board to solicit the input of graduate students who are currently in the process of becoming a teacher in their respective states. In order to better serve new teacher candidates, it was decided to develop a forum for these persons to meet and provide them the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences as they proceed through their teacher training process.
The 5 MLRN Student Advisory Board Purposes are:
To increase the knowledge base and general awareness of best practices in the mentoring and induction of new teachers by providing a variety of forums for those who are currently in graduate school education programs to share their experiences with others.
To promote and provide effective training for student teachers.
To establish a communications forum for new teacher candidates.
To establish the norms of collegiality, collaboration and continuous professional development of graduate students as they student teach in various school settings.
To post articles on the MLRN website that are of interest to other student teachers and new to the profession as well.
Current members of the student advisory board include Brian Roach, Patrick Riley, and Ryan Scharfer.