Blum mentoring is back
Lois Blum Feinblatt, who gave money to start a mentoring program for new city teachers a decade ago as a way of honoring her late husband, presented the system with a check for $73,575 at Tuesday night's school board meeting. (Yes, I know I've been talking about this meeting for three days now, but what can I say? It was long and a lot happened.) The money will fund a mentoring coordinator position at the central office for the second half of this school year and the first half of next year. The system has committed to fund the position for the second half of next year regardless of its budget constraints.
The Blum mentoring program has had great success in keeping new teachers in the system and, as evidenced by an earlier discussion on this blog, it is beloved by its participants. It ended this year as money was shifted from the central office into schools. Those schools with a lot of new teachers are still required to have some sort of mentoring in place, but participants bemoaned the fact that mentors would have to report to principals rather than a central coordinator, a structure that helps protect the confidentiality of teacher concerns.