The high-tech classroom is changing rapidly. To keep up, professional development, teacher coaching and mentoring will be critical to the success of tomorrow’s teachers.


In “Demystifying Mentoring,” Amy Gallo of the Harvard Business Review offers some useful do’s and don’ts for individuals.


You should:


  • Build a cadre of people you can turn to for advice when you need it
  • Nurture relationships with people whose perspectives you respect
  • Think of mentoring as both a long-term and short-term arrangement

You should not:

  • Assume that because you are successful or experienced in your field that you don’t need a mentor
  • Rely on one person to help guide you in your career
  • Expect to receive mentoring without providing anything in return


As a cost-effective developmental intervention, mentoring has shown positive results in schools. These programs are useful for participants (both mentors and mentees) and the school community.


Synergy mentors have the experience to help on-board new teachers, impart wisdom, and increase retention. They are invaluable assets to schools and districts.


Role models are especially important for young people. Staying the course in school can be difficult, especially for disadvantaged students. Research has shown how a role model can encourage young people to believe in themselves and earn higher grades.


Staff in local schools can become highly effective role models for students, helping to reshape their perceptions about work and career possibilities.


Want to learn how to become a better mentor?


Try taking our class Synergy Mentors.