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Mark your calendar for future IMA Webinars!


IMA will offer a series of three webinars presented by Virginia McGowan PhD, a subject-matter expert on mentoring and the proprietor of The Business Mentoring Solution, a mentoring-focused enterprise. The webinars’ content is based on her recent book. Harness the Power of Mentoring; How to Find and Work with the Right Mentor—A Guide for the Solopreneur. Virginia is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Upon completion and involvement in the three professional development webinars, attendees will receive an IMA Certificate.

Webinar 1 - Thursday, September 5 - 11:00 am EST – 12:00 pm EST
Webinar 2 - Thursday, September 19 - 11:00 am EST – 12:00 pm EST
Webinar 3 - Thursday, October 3 - 11:00 am EST – 12:00 pm EST

Webinar 1-Prepare for it! How to Get Ready to be Mentored

This webinar zeros in on what you need to do to prepare for a mentorship that is healthy and effective. We will examine values, vision, and purpose and how to create a mission statement to express you personally and professionally. Based on that intelligence, you will identify the key attributes of a mentor that would be the right fit for you.

Participants will:

1. Identify what it means to develop a mentoring mindset;

2. Clarify what they want to achieve in a mentoring relationship and why;

3. Clarify what they need to achieve in a mentoring relationship;

4. Create a profile of the mentor that is right fit for them.

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Webinar 2-Work it! How to Work with Your Mentor

The second workshop tackles the nuts and bolts of working with a mentor. The model that is promoted is developmental mentoring where both personal and professional attributes are addressed. The mentee in this model takes control of the mentorship, preparing the agendas for example.

Participants will:

1. Be able to explain the importance of planning a mentorship;

2. List the key structures for organizing and working a mentorship;

3. Develop key indicators to evaluate progress in a mentorship;

4. Practice giving and receiving feedback;

5. Learn how to say thanks and goodbye to a mentor.

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Webinar 3-Be It! How to Know When it’s Time to be THAT Mentor

The final workshop addresses the critical decision to become a mentor or not. How do you know when you are ready? What do you need to consider?

Participants will:

1. Explain the attributes of an effective mentor.

2. Conduct a confidential self-assessment of their personal and professional attributes.

3. Make a list of the circumstances that may prevent them from mentoring.

4. Identify where they have strengths and gaps where it comes to being a mentor.

5. Learn about mentoring opportunities.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 1:00 - 1:45 pm EST

Harness the Power of Mentoring to Earn Tenure and Promotion in Higher Education

Dr. Linda Searby,
Associate Clinical Professor,
School of Human Development & Organizational Studies in Education,
College of Education, University Of Florida

The tenure and promotion process in higher education can be daunting and stressful. Finding a mentor (or multiple mentors) is an important element for success in this endeavor. In this webinar, learn how to advocate for yourself in the process, how to choose mentors, and how to be a great protégé-colleague in order to prepare yourself to earn tenure and promotion. The presenter, Dr. Linda Searby, has earned tenure and promotion at two Research I institutions in her career, and has mentored many junior faculty in the academy. She will offer practical tips, advice, and encouragement for your academic journey.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020 – 1:00 pm EST – 2:00 pm EST

Addressing the Needs of Early Career Teachers through Mentoring

Dr. Benjamin Kutsyuruba,
Associate Professor, Education Policy, Leadership, and School Law,
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario Canada,
Associate Clinical Professor, School of Human Development & Organizational Studies in Education,
College of Education, University Of Florida

This webinar will discuss the role of mentoring in addressing the needs of early career teachers. It is based on an extensive multi-phase pan-Canadian research study that examined the differential impact of teacher induction and mentorship programs on the retention of early career teachers (ECTs). The webinar will describe the findings from the international systematic review of the literature on contextual factors in early career teaching, document analysis of policy and programmatic supports, new teacher survey (N=1343), and interviews (N=36) regarding their lived experiences during the first years of teaching as they dealt with the requirements, expectations, and challenges. Key themes related to the role of mentoring will be discussed: teacher attrition and retention; teacher development; and resilience and well-being. The webinar will conclude with the discussion of research implications for policymakers, academics, and practitioners who work with early career teachers in international settings.

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