Are you looking for a way to develop healthy relationships for your students? Teen mentoring has been shown to increase academic achievement and decrease unhealthy behaviours in both the 'mentor' and 'mentee'.
The objective of the Collaborative Community: Teen Mentoring in Schools project is to create a school-based mentoring collaborative community of educators and mentoring organizations and to provide the framework for a sustainable teen mentoring network. The Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP) is offering the following opportunities to develop and strengthen teen mentoring in schools through regional and provincial networks supported by a 3 year grant from the Carthy Foundation in partnership with AMP.
In 2019 (year one) there will be three “sharing meetings” where schools will be invited to share and learn – face to face in early spring 2019, online in May/June 2019, and another face to face in the fall for continuing and new members. The frequency of the face to face networking meetings will decrease in year two and three based on the needs of the group with peer to peer sharing, site visits and sharing effective practice as the focus. Through ongoing engagement in the Collaborative Community, participants will come together to share their experiences, successes, challenges and recommendations in regards to school-based mentoring.
Collaborative Community – Day One:
The first face-to-face gathering of the collaborative community is meant to develop staff and agencies (if available) knowledge and ability to develop and implement mentoring within a school context. This could be with adults from the community, mentoring agencies, or within school/between school partnerships for student-to student mentoring. This learning opportunity is intended for staff at the middle and high school levels, as well as partnering agency staff to share and learn from each other. Surveys will be sent out to participants in advance of the first meeting, as well as following, in order to plan and tailor sessions to suit participants’ needs where possible.
Through this session, participants will:
Caroline Gosling (Missal) recently retired after 35 years as an educator with Edmonton Public Schools. During that time she taught at elementary, junior and senior high, was a behaviour consultant, a principal at four different schools and spent time seconded to both Alberta Children's Services and Alberta Education with a focus on supporting students who are vulnerable and creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments. During her last secondment Caroline's main area of focus was mentoring, including supporting the Alberta Mentoring Partnership and setting up a Corporate Mentoring initiative at Alberta Education. For the last five years, Caroline has been a Big Sister and learned about mentoring from the 'inside'.Meghan Cox
Meghan, currently on secondment with Alberta Education, has worked for over twenty years to support schools in implementing welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environments. In doing so, she has supported staff and worked with students with a broad range of needs, in a variety of roles including mentor, teacher, counsellor, coordinator, instructional coach, facilitator, and consultant from K-12 and division office. Mentorship has played a large part in this, focusing on relationships and connections, building resiliency and student success through a strength based approach. A significant part of this secondment role is supporting the Alberta Mentorship Partnership.