Even though I’m sitting 1000 miles away in Madison, Wisconsin, my sources inform me that an event is happening as I write at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. It features a presentation and discussion of a new paper on urban teacher mentoring by Columbia University economist Jonah Rockoff.
Rockoff looked at teacher mentoring in New York City, including the impact on student learning and teacher retention. The New Teacher Center worked with NYC to launch the mentoring program back in 2004. The city dismantled the program after 3 years — not due to lack of positive impact — but as part of its effort to devolve authority and decision-making from the central office to school principals.
Some key findings in Rockoff’s paper include:
For those interested in the impact of high-quality, robust support for new educators, Rockoff’s paper is well worth a closer read.
For those of you with a specific interest in teacher mentoring in New York City, a recent policy paper from the New Teacher Center (NTC) is also worth reading.