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Chapter Five: Mentoring's Legacy: Career-Long Professional Development

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Mentoring's Legacy: Career-Long Professional Development
Mentoring's legacy: Career-long professional development

Dennis Sparks, executive director emeritus of the National Staff Development Association, points out that mentors “provide beginning teachers with their introduction to career-long … professional development through which they continuously improve their teaching and student learning” (Sparks, 2005, p. 241). Yes, effective mentoring is a potent introduction to career-long professional development, and mentors must recognize and attend to their responsibility in this area. But mentoring is only an introduction. Over the years, schools, districts, state departments of education, and consulting firms will probably provide a myriad of professional development opportunities. Ultimately, however, it will be the individual teacher that must become the steward of the direction and effectiveness of his or her own ongoing professional growth. ...

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