Benjamin Kutsyuruba and Keith Walker have gathered together over 40 teacher educators, beginning teachers, program coordinators, teacher association and ministry of education experts, teacher mentors, mentors of mentors, school administrators, and educational researchers to provide a unique, pan-Canadian set of perspectives in The Bliss and Blisters of Early Career Teaching. Anchored within their own explorations of the differential impact of teaching induction and mentorship programs on the early-career teachers' retention across Canada (a multi-year research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)), this book is an excellent resource for teacher educators and teacher mentors, for educational scholars, for school administrators (including recruiters and HR personnel), for pre-service teacher candidates and for new teachers who wish to hear the voices of their colleagues, mentors, and experts from across-Canada. The book offers both wide and deep perspectives, with a rich array of descriptions of and prescriptions for both the difficult and the delightful realities associated with being a new teacher and for supporting new teachers. The book contains original personal reflections and poems, programmatic and comparative case studies, a systematic review of the literature, findings from the surveys and interviews, and stories of creative approaches to induction of new teachers, mentorship, and the development of mentoring cultures. This is a hopeful and resource-filled book for those who already agree or wish to consider the proposition that diligent thoughtful efforts to ensure that beginning teachers are well-supported will ultimately benefit the well-being and quality of learning experienced by multiple generations of students.
I am thankful to Benjamin and Keith for guiding this important and timely contribution to the literature surrounding the education, induction and mentorship of early career teachers. The voices presented within this book should help those of us who work in teacher education to gain an improved understanding of the impact on early career teachers of a teacher development model that assumes education programs are just one step in the development of teachers
Mark Hirschkorn, PhD, Former President of the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE)
Bliss and blisters indeed! With over 40 authors from across Canada contributing to 25 chapters, this book offers the reader a pan-Canadian perspective on our differing approaches to schooling, mentorship and teacher education. Noting provincial differences sheds light on inequities and suggests new directions for the retention of the newest members of our profession.
Olenka Bilash, PhD, Professor of Education, University of Alberta