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To partnerships, all members bring something of value. The mentor teacher brings well-formed habits of thought, feeling, action and interaction that enable a teacher to get something done and vital local knowledge of many kinds. The new teacher brings recent formal study of teaching and a box of recent professional literature along with samples and materials of various kinds.

From partnerships, all members get something of value. The new teacher should get a strong start in teaching. The mentor teacher should get intellectual stimulation and opportunities to look afresh at familiar things. Both should gain in their abilities to...

  • Help kids to achieve today's demanding academic standards;
  • Get enough satisfaction from teaching to stay in the game;
  • Achieve their deepest commitments as teachers.

Working together also should help to dispel the professional isolation of teachers.