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Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Just ASK Publications; Pap/Cdr edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966333667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966333664
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a resource! The quality and practicality of this book resounds in James Bryce's quote: the worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. Not only are mentors using it, but administrators as well. I am continuously astounded by the variety of information that is housed in one resource. A MUST for any program supporting teachers in education. --Cynthia Bell, National Board Certified Teacher, Specialist for Human Resources, Moore County Schools, NC

After careful review of the myriad of resources we chose to adopt The 21st Century Mentor's Handbook for our mentoring and induction program. If all districts across the country used Just ASK resources and embedded these principles into their district cultures, then "No Child Left Behind" would become a reality and not just a platitude for compliance. --Betsy Geery, Director of Professional Development, Ysleta Independent School District

The 21st Century Mentor's Handbook provides direction, guidance, and clearly outlines how to be an effective mentor. The author undoubtedly understands the challenges that new teachers face and has captured the spirit of mentoring and retaining teachers. We provide this book for all of our mentors, and Paula Rutherford's Why Didn't I Learn This in College? for all of our new teachers. --Angela Belfield, Specialist, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, TX

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Paula, President of Just ASK Publications & Professional Development (Just ASK) and an ASK Group Senior Consultant, lives in the Washington, D.C. area. She is the author of multiple books including Why Didn't I Learn This in College?, The 21st Century Mentor's Handbook, Instruction for All Students, Leading the Learning: A Field Guide for Supervision and Evaluation, Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners, and Active Learning and Engagement Strategies. She is a co-author of Creating a Culture for Learning. Paula is also the developer of the New Teacher Professional Development Kit and the Mentoring in the 21st Century® Resource Kit.

Paula's presentations of note include Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners® and Mentoring in the 21st Century® Institutes in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Dallas. She is proud to have been a member of the faculty of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Principals' Center Summer Institutes at UCLA for the past 16 years. Paula has led pre-conferences at Learning Forward's (NSDC) Conferences, ACSA's Annual Conferences and Leadership Summits, the Kentucky Association of School Administrators' Annual Conference, and keynotes at the Dallas Public School Mentoring Symposium, the Virginia Staff Development Council's Annual Conference, and the Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships Leadership Conference hosted by Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Texas. Her work this past year included The International School of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia and Educare, the Singapore Teachers Union, Singapore.

Paula holds a Master of Education with an emphasis on Special Education from the University of North Florida, and has completed post-graduate course work in administration and educational leadership at the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University, and George Mason University. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Oklahoma. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Education by MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois, as well as the Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Education by the College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. She has been a history and social studies teacher, a physical education teacher, a kindergarten teacher, a special education teacher, coordinator of special education programs, a school administrator, and professional development specialist in school districts across the country. She can be reached at paula@justaskpublications.com. For more information about Just ASK Publications & Professional Development, visit http://www.justaskpublications.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen A. Felt on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have 2 teachers that I mentor right now. This book really helped me put the details in perspective. The calendar ideas are very beneficial. This is a "go-to" book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Driskill on November 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
Paula Rutherford created the best mentor source book on the market when she wrote 21st Century Mentor's Handbook. The comprehensive calendar allows support personnel a variety of options listed by the month. Most mentor resources describe the life cycle of a new teacher and suggest that mentors offer support in these areas. Rutherford gives the reader ready to apply tools for developing a first year teacher's skills. This book is not the typical recommendations for professional, emotional, and personal support. Rutherford breaks the support down into the following categories: personal; professional; curriculum, instruction, and assessment; organizational systems; students; colleagues; school and school system; parents and community; and special educators. This book is a comprehensive resource for anyone working with inexperienced educators.
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