The Lighthouse Educator Academy 2017-2018
The Lighthouse Educator Academy is a two year mentoring program for new teachers that emphasizes the value of and the skills to build intentional and meaningful relationships with students, colleagues, and the community. L.E.A. meets one Saturday a month August to May and for a three day conference in the summer. The goal is to provide new teachers with another layer of development in their teaching craft. We want to provide new teachers with a culture that values who they are and what they have to offer as new teachers and provide the support they need to thrive early in their career.
During L.E.A. teachers will:
Experience a community of educators built upon a shared purpose.
Feel a culture built on empathy.
Hear inspiring stories as we tackle the challenges of being educators.
See authenticity displayed through shared experiences.
The skill and ability to build relationships is not something only a few people are born with. Relationship building is a skill that can be taught and learned. In the first year of the Lighthouse Educator Academy that skill is the focal point. It is our belief that relationship building is a skill that is universal for teachers meaning they can take it to any school, grade level, or content area.
The value we hope to add to new teachers through our mentoring program is the development of their relationship building skills with the hope that it will serve them for the rest of their careers and impact every student they come in contact with. Relationship building skills start with an awareness of the relationship we have with ourselves and expands to our relationships with students, colleagues, administrators, and communities.
Through our monthly meetings and classroom observations we will provide teachers with training, experiences, and feedback on their relationships. Ultimately students don't genuinely learn from teachers they don't have a relationship with thus relationship building must become a vital part of the teaching craft.
For more information on The Lighthouse Educator Academy please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org