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Connections: Mentorship for teachers in the Rochester City School District


When she was in Rochester last month, State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said the Rochester City School District needs to do a better job mentoring new teachers. The surprised teacher-mentors from the district, who say the RCSD Career in Teaching program has provided intense mentor support to new teachers throughout the last 30 years.

We talk to teacher-mentors and new teachers in the program about their work, teacher turnover, and teaching as a career. In studio:

  • Christopher Davis, special education teacher at Roberto Clemente School #8
  • Angela Rodriguez, first grade teacher at Nathaniel Rochester Community School #3
  • Tammy Shaw, primary school teacher and CIT lead teacher-mentor
  • Stefan Cohen, program director for the Career in Teaching program, and history teacher in the Rochester City School District

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