Linda Barrington and Nick Feretinos wanted to share “Better Mentoring for Better Teaching” from Education Week:

The New Teacher Center in Santa Cruz ( is a leader in new teacher induction and support, so it’s useful to look at the words of its associate policy directer, Dara Barlin, as she addresses three of the Center’s key findings about mentoring. She cites the following:

• Finding the right teachers to be mentors.
• Aligning instructional-support efforts.
• Partnering with principals.

Barlin’s observations are from the more than 20 years of learning from the efforts of the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project and the New Teacher Center’s efforts in New York City, where she is based.

Anyone interested in learning about mentoring would be wise to examine these learnings.