Fostering a Positive School Culture

Mentoring Matters: Helping New Teachers Thrive

October 25, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speaker: Clare Ringwall, M.Ed., High School Dean of Faculty, Innovation Academy Charter School, Tyngsboro, MA, AthenaK12 Speaker

Webinar Description
The first year of teaching is a time of tremendous learning and adjustment, whether the staff member is new to a school or new to the profession. As with students, teachers who are supported by skilled mentors are more likely to thrive during that first year and return for a second year with increased confidence, skill, and joy. Developing SEL competencies including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making are all integral to a successful mentor and mentee relationship. In this Webinar we will explore what mentoring is, and isn't, and how best to create a mutually beneficial relationship where both mentee and mentor learn from and with each other as they engage in the important and difficult work of teaching well and tending the SEL needs of both the adults and students in their school community.

About the Speaker
Clare Fox Ringwall began her career as an English teacher and taught at the middle and high school level for more than 15 years. Currently, she is the high school Dean of Faculty at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. Prior to Innovation, she taught at Brookline High School where she had many opportunities to design and implement new curriculum including courses on literary journalism, critical reading, and interdisciplinary seminars on public policy and social justice. She was a founding member of the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in 1995 and later served as the Director of the New Teachers Collaborative at the Theodore R. Sizer Teachers Center, a state-approved alternative licensing program. Clare earned her Bachelors at Brown University where she graduated with a degree in Creative Writing and a secondary education teaching license. She first began training and consulting in 1997, when Massachusetts was first introducing curriculum frameworks and preparing to implement MCAS. Over the years, she has helped educators throughout the state adjust to the changing landscape in education while maintaining a focus on what matters most: keeping intact teachers, passion for students and learning, and helping them succeed in the classroom. She has led many workshops and has coached teachers and administrators on assessment, literacy, school leadership, mentoring, and meeting the needs of new teachers.

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

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Clare Ringwall, M.Ed., High School Dean of Faculty, Innovation Academy Charter School, Tyngsboro, MA, AthenaK12

Clare Ringwall, M.Ed., High School Dean of Faculty, Innovation Academy Charter School, Tyngsboro, MA, AthenaK12

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