Ramona Wynder, instructor and coordinator of Alternate Certification in Northwestern State University’s Department of Teaching, Leadership and Counseling, attended a workshop on supporting beginning teachers last month. The workshop took place at the Marzano Research Center in Centennial, Colorado, with presenter Tina Boorgren, an educator, consultant and author with the Marzano Research Laboratory and Solution Tree. With 30 attendees from 13 states, Wynder was the only participant from Louisiana.
At the workshop, Wynder learned how leaders, coaches and mentors can support beginning teachers through research-based mentoring strategies that can be applied at the school or district level.
Marzano Research combines 50 years of educational research with continuous action research in all major areas of schooling, in order to provide effective and accessible instructional strategies, leadership strategies and classroom assessment strategies that are always at the forefront of best practice. By providing an all-inclusive research-into-practice resource center, Marzano Research provides teachers and school leaders with the tools they need to effect profound improvement in student achievement.
“Research shows about 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession within the first seven years. Therefore, it is crucial that we provide beginning teachers early and adequate support,” Wynder said. “Helping to ensure all students have access to caring, qualified teachers is my life’s work. Having an opportunity to train under the best and brightest in the field of education increases my capacity to carry out this work effectively.”
Ramona Wynder, right, coordinator of Alternate Certification at NSU, attended a workshop on supporting beginning teachers at the Marzano Research Center. The workshop was led by Tina Boorgren, left.