CT COLT Networking Initiative

About

Join us in our mission to help provide leadership, growth, and support opportunities for all world language learners and teachers within the state of Connecticut.  This program is designed to help early-career language teachers succeed in their current assignments and to learn the skills to be successful long-term in their careers. Mentors and mentees will be matched by language, level, interest, and location as best as possible. Participants will be placed into networking groups.

Participants from the 2018-2019 school year
Participants from the 2018-2019 school year
Goals of the Program
  • Build a language community to offer mentoring
  • Help early-career teachers succeed in their current assignments and to be successful long-term in their careers
  • Create a supportive environment for rich conversations that lead to improvements in teaching and learning
  • Create authentic, real-life experience with passionate experts in the field
  • Build professional networks and offer networking events
Applications

Applications for mentors and mentees for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted soon.

Requirements
  • To be considered a mentor, you need to have at least eight years of experience in the classroom.
  • To be considered a mentee, you need to have fewer than five years of experience in the classroom and also be currently teaching.
Benefits for Mentors
  • A certificate of participation
  • Letters sent to supervisors after completion of the one-year program
  • Acknowledgement at the CT COLT Fall Conference in 2019 and in email to all members
  • Leadership experience as a mentor working with new world language educators
  • Collaboration with a community of educators committed to enhancing world language instruction
  • Opportunities to work closely with world languages leaders around the state
Benefits for Mentees
  • A certificate of participation
  • Letters sent to supervisors after completion of the one-year program
  • Acknowledgement at the CT COLT Fall Conference in 2019 and in email to all members
  • Support, advice, coaching, and motivation from an experienced world language educator
  • Collaboration with a community of educators committed to enhancing world language instruction
  • Opportunities to work closely with world languages leaders around the state
Expectations
  • Networking fellows must participate in an in-person meet and greet on the Sunday evening of the Fall Conference.
  • Fellows are asked to participate in a closed Facebook group.
  • Fellows are asked to stay in regular touch and document their form and frequency of communication. In addition, four virtual meetings are held each year for all program participants.
  • Meet once a month in networking groups, either in person or virtually using the platform of your choice (Skype, Google Hangout, etc.) and also to maintain regular contact using the form of communication that is best for you.
  • Maintain regular contact with their group and to document their form and frequency of communication.
  • If you are attending the same professional event, such as the Fall Conference or the Summer Proficiency Institute, you are encouraged to meet.
  • Mentors are responsible for conveying and upholding the standards, norms, and values of the profession.
  • Mentors are responsible for establishing and maintaining a level of trust and confidentiality that enables the mentees to speak freely about the problems they are facing, their frustrations and challenges without fear that others will learn about them.
  • Mentors nurture the talents and abilities of the mentees offering support, challenge, patience and enthusiasm while guiding them to new levels of competence.
  • Mentors are pro-active sharing resources, articles, research, and professional development opportunities etc. that are beneficial for the mentee.
  • Mentors are leaders sharing their personal experiences, knowledge and skills while at the same time listening to the thoughts and experiences of the mentee.
  • Mentors gain insight into the needs and expectations of the mentees.
  • It is expected that the mentor/mentee relationship will develop and change over time as they establish a positive relationship as peers and colleagues who share ongoing experiences and professional growth.
Program Coordinators

We hope you will consider participating in this program!  Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.