Hal Portner is a nationally acclaimed expert on induction and mentoring. He trains mentors, consults with school districts to help them develop meaningful induction plans, and synthesizes research in order to present best practices to school districts so they can implement programs in ways that are meaningful for them. For 20 years, he was a public school teacher and administrator. While a member of the Connecticut State Department of Education for 10 years, he was involved in the development of BEST, the state’s new teacher mentoring initiative; coordinator of the Connecticut Institute for Teaching and Learning; and worked closely with school districts to develop and carry out professional development and teacher evaluation plans and programs. http://www.portner.us/Hal
Hal has written several nationally published articles on teacher induction and mentoring.He is a member of the Editorial Board of Mentoring and Tutoring, an international peer-review journal. and is the author of a number of books including Mentoring New Teachers (3rd edition 2008), Training Mentors Is Not Enough: Everything Else Schools and Districts Need to Do (2001), Being Mentored: A Guide For Protégés (2002), Teacher Induction and Mentoring: The State of the Art and Beyond (2005), and Workshops that Really Work: The ABCs of Designing and Delivering Sensational Presentations (2006) all published by Corwin Press.