Teen Mentoring in Schools Collaborative Community Network

Are you looking for ways to build and enhance relationships with adolescent students?
Are you seeking ways to build social-emotional competencies, and support positive mental health in students, while also increasing attendance and school completion, with higher academic performance?

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Have you considered creating or enhancing mentoring initiatives in your school?

Teen mentoring has been shown to increase academic achievement and decrease unhealthy behaviors in both the 'mentor' and 'mentee'.  The Alberta Mentoring Partnership, supported by a grant from the Carthy Foundation, is creating a school based mentoring collaborative community for educators and their natural networks from middle school and high school settings. 

As a school team, you will engage in dynamic conversations and learning with others in your region about successful implementation strategies, the relationship of mentoring to curriculum and competency development, and how students might earn high school credits while achieving personal growth.  Come and learn from each other, alongside our experienced facilitators, to deepen your understanding of frameworks, resources and ways to harness the power of mentorship in your school or school authorities.  And, it is ALL FREE.   

Through engaging in the collaborative community, participants will:
  • Strengthen awareness of mentoring in schools, including clarification of what is mentoring, what is teen mentoring, the many benefits, and how it can look in school settings. This includes both informal and more formal mentoring programs.
  • Develop an understanding of the benefits of mentoring, for students, staff, school community, and the greater community itself.
  • Bring schools staff and natural network partners together to create and strengthen networks, giving these participants more connections and opportunities to share evidence-informed practice.
  • Provide opportunities to plan, develop, and strengthen mentoring in schools, including sharing resources to support this in multiple ways.
Collaborative Community Dates 2019-2020: 

Sept. 25: PROVINCIAL Online Webinar  4:00-5:30 (Mentorship Overview)

Varies: REGIONAL Full Day Face to Face  10:00 – 2:30

Varies: REGIONAL Online Webinar 4:00 – 5:30

Varies: REGIONAL Full Day Face to Face 10:00 – 2:30

May 4: PROVINCIAL online webinar  4:00 – 5:30 (Opportunity to connect with other regional collaboratives to extend the sharing.)

Presenter Bios:

Caroline

Caroline recently retired after 35 years as an educator with Edmonton Public Schools. During that time she taught at elementary, junior and senior high, was a behaviour consultant, a principal at four different schools and spent time seconded to both Alberta Children's Services and Alberta Education with a focus on supporting students who are vulnerable and creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments. During her last secondment Caroline's main area of focus was mentoring, including supporting the Alberta Mentoring Partnership and setting up a Corporate Mentoring initiative at Alberta Education. For the last five years, Caroline has been a Big Sister and learned about mentoring from the 'inside'.

Meghan

Meghan Cox, currently on secondment with Alberta Education, has worked for over twenty years to support schools in implementing welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environments. In doing so, she has supported staff and worked with students with a broad range of needs, in a variety of roles including mentor, teacher, counsellor, coordinator, instructional coach, facilitator, and consultant from K-12 and division office. Mentorship has played a large part in this, focusing on relationships and connections, building resiliency and student success through a strength based approach. A significant part of this secondment role is supporting the Alberta Mentorship Partnership. 


Please note when registering
    1. There is only one link for all the sessions in each region – so please sign up for the entire series.
    2. You can sign up after the series has started – people can continue to register through the year if new people want to join.
    3. If you cannot make it to one of the dates please don’t let that stop you from registering – just let the consortia know if you’re unable to come in person so that we can adjust food amounts (you can also send someone in your place).
    4. The webinars you can host with as many of your team as you would like, wherever you are.
    5. For those registering that are not school based, when it asks you what school division either type Not Applicable, or if it has a drop down menu at the bottom you can select the bottom link (not affiliated) and then fill in your organization if not listed

Schedule

Consortia Provincial Webinar
4:00 - 5:30
(CRC will run this webinar)
Regional Full Day
10:00 - 2:30
Regional Webinar
4:00 - 5:30
Regional Full Day
10:00 - 2:30
Provincial Webinar
4:00 - 5:30
(CRC will run this webinar)
Calgary Regional Consortium
https://www.crcpd.ab.ca/program/4441
Sept. 25 Oct. 20
Calgary
Jan. 23 March. 3
Calgary
May. 4
Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium
http://www.erlc.ca/programs/details.php?id=7883
Sept. 25 Oct. 28
Edmonton
Jan. 21 Feb. 26
Edmonton
May. 4
Central Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortium
https://www.carcpd.ab.ca/program/4368
Sept. 25 Oct. 30
Red Deer
Jan. 22 Mar. 19
Red Deer
May. 4
Learning Network
https://www.learning-network.org/program/4542
Sept. 25 Nov. 20
Vermillion
Jan. 20 Feb. 24
St.Paul
May. 4
Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium
https://www.sapdc.ca/program/4442
Sept. 25 Nov. 14
Lethbridge
Jan. 16 Feb. 12
Lethbridge
May. 4
Northwest Regional Learning Consortium
https://www.nrlc.net/program/4583
Sept. 25 Nov. 12
Grand Prairie
Jan. 14 Mar. 10
Grand Prairie
May. 4
CPFPP (Francophone) Sept. 25 TBD May. 4