We believe that every teacher deserves the opportunity to connect with the mentors they need to evolve their pedagogy and feel better equipped to teach their learners.
Conversations to Build Capacity
Meet the Leadership Team
Noa Daniel MEd, is a teacher, consultant, the Chief Building Officer at Building Outside the Blocks (BOB) and the co-founder of The Mentoree. Noa is also a podcaster, blogger, and keynote speaker. She hosts The Personal Playlist Podcast (#P3) and the weekly live OnEdMentors show on VoicEd Radio. Noa blogs about her work in and outside of school including chronicling our work at The Mentoree. She did a recent TEDxKitchenerEd Talk on one of her shows. Noa is a director on the board of Learning Forward Ontario, and she is on the board at VoicEd Radio.
Noa lives in Thornhill, Ontario with her husband, three daughters, and their dog, Daisy.
Teri Rubinoff, PhD is an Ontario Certified Teacher (Special Education Specialist). She has held a variety of roles in education including classroom teacher, special education teacher, literacy teacher, and special education consultant (K-12) in a large public board of education in the Greater Toronto Area. She has also been a university lecturer in the areas of early childhood and disability studies. She earned her PhD in Education at York University in Toronto where her research focused on teacher education, inclusive education, and disability studies. She began her involvement with OnEdMentors as a mentor and is thrilled to be part of the leadership team!
Christine Chin is a classroom teacher and leader who is dedicated to student success and well-being. Over the past 13 years, she has spent her time as French Immersion teacher dedicated to creating and nurturing collaborative learning cultures that support teachers, students and their families. Her experiences have informed her understanding of how to support students who face specific challenges within the French Immersion setting.
As an NTIP Mentor and Literacy teacher, she has enjoyed the process of supporting teachers to further develop their skills and continue along their learning journeys. Her participation on the Leadership Team at OEMConnect has allowed her to be inspired by others and find creative ways to give back to her community.
Christine is a wife and proud mom to Sophie and George.
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It all began with the OnEdMentors podcast — the longest running live show on voicEd Radio created to mentor preservice and new teachers. Today, vibrant and informative weekly discussions take place among passionate educators addressing questions, exploring perspectives and learning from each other.
In an effort to make mentorship more accessible to teachers at any stage of their career, Noa Daniel went to Leigh Cassell of Digital Human Library to help broaden the reach and impact of OnEdMentors by exploring how mentorship could be a primary source of professional learning and change for educators.They wondered how they could create a space for teachers to go when they wanted to learn and grow on their own terms and on their own time. Building on the name OnEdMentors, the vision for OnEdMentors Connect (OEMConnect) was formed in January 2018.
After engaging a small team of mentors and critical friends, Noa and Leigh launched a collaborative inquiry into the impact of a 1:1 self-directed mentorship experience on professional learning and student achievement. Through a progressive phased approach in the months that followed, our community continued to grow and evolve into the thriving community of mentorship available to educational professionals today.
Building on the success of OEMConnect, Noa and Leigh began imagining a space to house a variety of services that focus on mentorship for educational professionals. It wasn’t long before they were playing with names for this new space (one of Noa’s favourite things to do), like The Complimentary. What resonated most with the Founders was the latter half the word Complementory because it sounded like the blending of mentor and mentee. Naming the organization The Mentoree would say everything they wanted it to.
,n\The name represents a reciprocal, non-hierarchical mentorship community that blurs the lines between mentor and mentee. The Mentoree would focus on mentorship as a primary source of professional learning for educators at any stage in their career. We all have something to teach; we all have something to learn.
Today, The Mentoree has become a more a collaborative community extending our offerings beyond but including 1:1 Mentorship. What began as a small group of educators exploring mentorship has evolved into a thriving community of educators dedicated to learning from and with one another.
The success of The Mentoree would not have been possible without The Mentoree Leadership Team and the Mentors and Mentees who are actively engaged in the community, making it a more supportive and inspiring place for everyone.
We all have something to teach, and we all have something to learn.
Noa Daniel, Christine Chin, Bernadette Smith & Teri Rubinoff
The Mentoree Leadership Team
The Wonderings That Drive This Mission
In a modern learning environment teaching means continuous learning and change. A number of studies have proven that most professional development does not actually affect the desired change. So we wondered, what does?
While there are a number of different professional learning strategies that have been proven effective for teachers, we believe that mentoring extends beyond a strategy as a powerful model for professional learning.
Next we wondered how we might build a community to further explore mentorship and the role it could play as a model for professional learning. Through a collaborative inquiry phased approach, we learned that self direction is a foundational key to any mentorship experience.
When mentorship is self-directed, non-hierarchical and reciprocated, the experience helps others learn and feel good about their learning in a personalized and comfortable way. By leveraging digital technologies, mentorship reaches beyond schools, boards, districts, cities, provinces/states and countries.
Today, we continue to measure teacher efficacy in order to see how the mentorship experience empowers and enables both Mentors and Mentees, knowing the connection between efficacy and student achievement (Hattie, Donohoo). We look forward to adding our research to the growing body of research showing that a teacher’s belief in his/her own abilities is the most significant determinant of student achievement.