Monthly archive February, 2010

Social gatherings enable mentees to meet other new advisers

Ohio mentors Georgia and Wayne Dunn include get-togethers of their mentees who live somewhat near each other as part of their mentoring. Georgia says, “The more relaxed atmosphere gives everyone a chance to talk more openly and to build relationships that we hope will last long after the mentoring program has finished.” Attending a gathering...

New Teacher Center Symposium encouraged mentors to use technology in their mentoring work — from blogs to podcasts to document sharing

by Nick Ferentinos JEA Mentoring Committee [Editor’s note: This is the second installment of Nick’s discussion of his experience attending the New Teacher Center Symposium. His first post about the Symposium was Feb. 14.] The New Teacher Center’s Annual Symposium earlier in this month made it clear that mentoring is rapidly embracing technology as a...

High school media teachers can use Today Show’s Harry Potter contest to promote the value of journalism education — and recruit students for media classes

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair Harry Potter is providing high school media teachers with a brillant way of helping promote their journalism programs and recruit potential students. The Today Show and NBC Universal recently announced a contest for teachers to explain “Why my class is extraordinary.” The winner of the contest will win...

Linda Barrington and Linda Drake to receive Gold Keys at CSPA Convention

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair Congratulations to Linda Barrington and Linda Drake, mentoring program members, for being selected to receive Gold Keys from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. They are two of the eight who will receive Gold Keys during a special Adviser Awards Luncheon on March 19, at the CSPA convention at...

Recruiting students is important part of high school media programs

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair Recruiting is an important component for a successful high school media program. Unlike most curriculum areas — English, history, math and science — media is not a required subject. So those teaching media classes have to recruit students. Here is the exchange of ideas about recruiting from the...

New Teacher Center Symposium stressed teacher quality and technology’s impact on mentoring

by Nick Ferentinos JEA Mentoring Committee I left the New Teacher Center’s annual symposium on Feb. 8 and 9 with two strong impressions: Measuring teacher effectiveness has become a key point in the discussion about teacher quality, and technology is rapidly changing the way we mentor new teachers. The Center, arguably the leading organization in...

New Teacher Center’s teaching induction program provides foundation for JEA mentoring program

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair What’s the best way to structure a journalism mentoring program? That’s the question we discussed when we explored the possibility of JEA establishing a mentoring program. The issue became more of a reality when the JEA board voted in July 2007 to estbliah the JEA mentoring program. The...

Presenting at the NCTE convention — So long, CliffsNotes; Hello, PodNotes

by Linda Barrington JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair Liaison between the JEA board and NCTE I bet many of the JEA mentees are also English teachers. I hope they are familiar with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  It is a wonderful resource in so many ways, one of which is the annual convention...

Recruiting candidates for Kansas State University position that includes serving as exectuive director of the Journalism Education Association

This message was sent to JEATALK, the listserv of the JEA board and state directors. From Linda Puntney JEA Executive Director The search for the JEA Executive Director is well underway. The job announcement and description has been posted on a number of Web sites and selected publications. I would encourage you to review the...

New journalism teachers can gain needed skills through online courses and summer workshop courses

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair In a recent e-mail exchange with mentor Carla Harris (Oregon), she asked me about online journalism courses that new advisers could take. We know from our work with new advisers that many of them become journalism teachers without having taken any journalism courses. I contacted Mark Newton, JEA...