Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Mentoring the Next Generation

Media Advisory – 21 October 2010

Mentoring the Next Generation - top of mind on World Teachers’ Day

On 29 October leaders in education will gather on World Teachers’ Day to answer a crucial question - what does it take to mentor the
next generation of teachers in New Zealand?

“The 2010 New Zealand Teachers Council conference will showcase the findings of an innovative national pilot programme in induction
and mentoring of New Zealand’s newly qualified teachers,” says Director Dr Peter Lind.

“In their first two years on the job, new teachers work with experienced mentor teachers to develop their teaching expertise.

“The fact we’re expecting a full house tells us leaders in schools and early childhood education (ECE) are strongly invested in quality professional development for their newest teachers.”

Dr Lind says conference participants will be fortunate to hear the perspective of internationally renowned scholar and keynote speaker, Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith from Boston College, USA.

Her address, titled A Tale of Two Teachers: Perils and Possibilities in Learning to Teach will focus on the important issue of induction and mentoring for new teachers.   

Cochran-Smith says “teaching is rightly regarded as an intellectual activity and when it is acknowledged that teachers are motivated, at least in part, by love of learning, then it becomes clear that what is needed are more opportunities for teachers to work with others in learning communities; raise new questions about students, subject matter, assessments, equity and access...”

“Teaching is complex – both emotionally and intellectually.  Mentoring helps beginning teachers to develop the learning, knowledge and expertise required of teachers,” says Dr Lind. 

“The focus of the pilots is on mentoring the next generation of educators to build them into confident and satisfied teachers.”

Video presentations of the keynote speaker, induction and mentoring pilots and panels will be available on our website from early November.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland