Highly rated teacher mentoring program in the BX now expanding to the city

A teacher mentoring program that has scored high marks in the Bronx will now be expanding to all city schools.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the announcement Monday. Bloomberg says the veteran teachers who mentor first-year teachers will give model lessons, assist with classroom management and scheduling, prepare teachers for parent conferences and visit the teachers in the classroom.

The pilot program in the Bronx started with 25 mentors. About 75 mentors will now be assigned to the new group of 1,600 teachers entering Bronx and city public schools. The ratio of mentors to teachers has the union president, Randi Weingarten, concerned. She fears that teachers will still leave because they are not getting enough personal attention.

The mentor program is based on a model from the New Teacher Center at the University of California.

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