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Brenda Kaylor (@BrendaKaylor) , Julie (@julie_mcvicker), and I (@JustASKPaula) are headed to Chicago for ASCD.  On Friday, March 15th we will enjoy discussing our work in New York, California, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, and Virginia before heading to the exhibit hall to get our materials displayed in the Just ASK Booth #1825. If it all goes according to plan, it will look almost the same as the picture above. The only difference is that we plan to have St. Patrick’s Day decorations and be decked out in green to celebrate and collaborate March 16th -18th, If you are attending the conference, be sure to stop by to say hello.


The Just ASK  March Mentoring Checklist

Each issue of The Mentoring Memo features a mentoring calendar for the current time of the year. The March calendar is now available. These calendars, excerpted and updated from The 21st Century Mentor’s Handbook, offer suggestions for mentoring actions to support novice teachers and teachers new to the district. When you take a look at them, you will quickly see how useful they are. Be sure to forward them to your mentoring colleagues. Post them or a link to them on your district/school website.
Download the March Calendar




Tools of the Month

We are now in the long stretch before spring break! There are no doubt some of our novice colleagues (and perhaps even some veterans) who are digging deep to figure out how to ensure that ALL really does mean ALL in terms of student academic success and sense of well being. When perking on this annual dilemma, I decided to take a look through the Just for the ASKing! library on the Just ASK website. After a review of the issues in the “Best Practice in Instruction” section of that library, I settled on three to include in the March Mentoring Memo tool titled “Setting Students Up for Success.” Select one or more to share as appropriate with one or more of the novice teachers you are supporting. Thanks to our colleague Bruce Oliver for writing these thought-provoking tips that truly withstand the passage of time!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!



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