Mentorships can be particularly helpful for students who are English-language learners.
Juggling the demands of classroom instruction, standardized testing, and giving all students the individualized attention they need can feel impossible for even the most skilled of teachers. As a former classroom teacher, I’ve experienced this stress myself.
Now, as a public school principal, I’ve sought ways to alleviate burdens for my teachers and staff.
At-risk students who regularly meet with a mentor are 46 percent less likely than their peers to start using drugs and 81 percent more likely to participate regularly in sports and extracurricular activities.
I have been lucky enough to see these effects firsthand.