Supporting New Teachers Through Holistic Mentorship

By Valentina Loseva 
edutopia.org
4 min



Basing mentorship on key practices in adult learning allows mentors to provide comprehensive support.


Mentorship is the warm and generative space between being a peer and a critical friend. While peers can hang on the weekend and critical friends focus on the work, mentors hold a judgment-free space for their mentees to develop both personally and professionally.

Lasting a year in many districts, mentorship is a long and transformative journey in which the mentor and mentee will get to know each other beyond the scope of planning habits and lunchtime rituals. You were chosen by your administration to become a mentor not just because you have strong instructional skills, but also because you can build relationships based on compassion and empathy.

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