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