RESPECT teams retired teachers with new and aspiring teachers

Kennesaw State University has developed a program designed to address the overwhelming problem of…

Georgia (Feb 18, 2003) — RESPECT teams retired teachers with new and aspiring teachers



Kennesaw State University has developed a program designed to address the overwhelming problem of new teacher retention in Georgia. In a collaborative effort − Project RESPECT − Kennesaw State's Center for Active Retirement Education‚ Bagwell College of Education's Teacher Resource and Activity Center and the Cobb/Marietta Retired Educators Association sponsor an on−going mentoring program that teams pre−service and new teachers with experienced retired teachers. The program is currently recruiting retired teacher volunteers for mentoring positions with KSU education students.

RESPECT stands for Retired Educators Supporting Professional Excellence in Classroom Teaching. The primary goal of RESPECT is to increase the connections between the retired teacher community and the learning community of KSU education students and first−year teachers. Retired teachers know better than anyone the enormous challenges facing the teaching profession today.

Unfortunately‚ after students complete the required training and become teachers‚ many leave the profession after only a year or two due to the burdens imposed upon them from both inside and outside the classroom.

RESPECT's sponsors envision a structure of support for students‚ extending from the college student's first year in the teacher preparation program through the first year of teaching‚ so that new teachers are part of a network that will prepare them for the rigors of classroom teaching and provide crisis intervention as needed.

Retired teachers participating in RESPECT may sign on to help in just one area of teaching‚ or may help in a broader range of education−related activities. This is an opportunity to share experiences and accumulated knowledge about classroom management‚ lesson planning‚ center development‚ parent conferences‚ art projects or any other topic relevant to the new educator.

Mentoring an education student can be a face−to−face event or more casual phone and/or e−mail interaction. Whatever the individual level of involvement‚ whether mentoring one aspiring educator or conducting workshops for the benefit of many‚ the Teacher Resource & Activity Center will facilitate contacts and support the efforts of volunteer mentors.

For more information or to volunteer for this program‚ contact Diana Poore‚ director of KSU's Teacher Resource and Activity Center‚ at 770−423−6623 or


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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