JEA Mentoring Program
Fall Mentoring Matters newsletter

Fall Mentoring Matters newsletter

The fall 2016 edition of Mentoring Matters includes: Challenges and strategies of long-distance mentoring Mentors go back to class — at the mentor forums at each convention Funders are catalysts for change through Mentor Program Mentees explain what they value about their mentors Meet the newest cadre of mentors Click on this link to download the...
Veteran advisers learn mentoring skills

Veteran advisers learn mentoring skills

Certainly adept in teaching journalism and advising student media, three new mentors joined the JEA Mentor Program after finishing three days of intensive training, held at the JEA Advisers Institute in July. They are the 10th group of mentors to be trained for the Mentor Program. Joy McCaleb is the first JEA mentor from Tennessee and...
Mentoring Matters Spring 2016 -- Read the latest information about the Mentor Program

Mentoring Matters Spring 2016 — Read the latest information about the Mentor Program

The Spring 2016 edition of Mentoring Matters includes: Report from mentors identifying main challenges to new advisers Mentees explain how their mentors have been important to them Map of all the current mentees and their mentors Mentees at high-poverty, urban and rural schools explain the difficulties they face. Mentor share advice for dealing with this difficult...
Mentor Program remembers Nick Ferentinos

Mentor Program remembers Nick Ferentinos

Nick Ferentinos, one of the founders of the JEA Mentor Program, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. As a former journalism teacher and mentor trainer for the New Teacher Center, Nick emphasized to us the effectiveness of a formal mentoring program. He acted as JEA’s liaison with the...
Mentors enjoy camaraderie at dinner following Mentor Forum

Mentors enjoy camaraderie at dinner following Mentor Forum

After the day-long Mentor Forum, the JEA mentors go to dinner as a group. This gives them the opportunity to swap mentoring stories and advice, get to know new mentors in the program, and to explore the area of the convention. The mentors went to dinner at Disney Springs following their Thursday workshop. Here’s one...
JEA mentors help judge WriteOff entries at Orlando convention

JEA mentors help judge WriteOff entries at Orlando convention

  One of the roles that JEA mentors play at conventions is judging the WriteOff competitions. Here’s a group of the mentors at the WriteOff judging session at the JEA/NSPA convention in Orlando. From left to right: Linda Ballew, Stan Zoeller, Carmen Wendt, Carol Strauss, Linda Barrington and Carol Smith. The WriteOff competitions drew 2,003 entries...
Mentor Program helps new advisers develop leadership skills

Mentor Program helps new advisers develop leadership skills

A rewarding part of the JEA Mentoring Program is seeing the mentees and their students excel. New advisers stay in the Mentoring Program for typically two to three years. In that time, their mentors work with them to develop their advising and teaching abilities and encourage them to get involved in professional development. Jessica Young is one...

Former mentee leads roundtable discussion at JEA/NSPA convention

Rachel Rauch, former mentee at Homestead High School in Wisconsin, chairs a roundtable discussion for website advisers at the JEA/NSPA convention. Michelle Maynes from Spring Hill High School in Kansas and Matt Laufer from Chicago participated in the discussion. A goal of the JEA Mentoring Program is to help new advisers become confident classroom teachers and...
Mentors evaluate mentee situations and determine strategies during Mentor Forum

Mentors evaluate mentee situations and determine strategies during Mentor Forum

Sharing experiences, Janice Hatfield (left), Carol Eanes (center) and Phyllis Cooper reflect on Share a Situation and Strategy during the Mentor Forum at the JEA/NSPA Convention in Orlando. The Forum, following mentor training strategies from the New Teacher Center, promotes interactive work and sharing of best practices. – Mary Anne McCloud reporting from the Mentor...
Mentors learn computer design tips at Mentor Forum

Mentors learn computer design tips at Mentor Forum

To help mentors learn InDesign skills, Gary Lindsay demonstrates how to use Bridge to identify images. Mentors participated in a day-long Mentor Forum at the JEA/NSPA Convention in Orlando. – Mary Anne McCloud reporting from the Mentor Forum

Mentors share insights about mentoring successes at Mentor Forum

Katherine Patrick (left) and Phyllis Cooper discuss Analyzing a Mentor Success. Gary Lindsay led the activity that was the icebreaker to open the Mentor Forum at the JEA/NSPA convention in Orlando. Katherine is a new mentor in Wyoming. Phyllis is a mentor in North Carolina. – Mary Anne McCloud reporting from the Mentor Forum

Mentors learn potential journalistic uses of SnapChap

Mentors attending the Mentor Forum learn the possibilities of using SnapChat from digital expert Aaron Manfull. It does not involve pictures of naked people. Aaron is chair of the JEA Digital Media Committee and a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook “Student Journalism...