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Growing ME: A Mentoring Program Designed to Engage and Empower

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Thursday, December 3, 12:00–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Julianne Ross-Kleinmann  
Dr. Tracy Daniel-Hardy  

The Equity Forum at ISTE19 led us to create "Growing ME," a pilot program to match mentors with new diverse educators to help them with career access and navigating the first years of teaching/leading as persons of color. Our goal is to share this program and amplify our message.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Internet Browsers
Topic: Equity & inclusion
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be informed of our Growing ME Mentorship Program and empowered to either participate in it and/or share the program with their educational communities.
A big focus on exposing the current equity challenge our team faced
(Diversity of Teachers and leaders; and career access for people of color) and our solution would be given so that participants understand the urgency of this issue.
Participants will be encouraged to take action on their behalf to make sure our students see themselves in the leaders and teachers they are serviced by every day by making sure leadership and teaching staff reflect their diverse cultural backgrounds.

Supporting research

Anderson, M. D. (2016, July 30). Why Schools Need More Principals of Color. Retrieved January 9, 2020, from

Banasik, M.D. & Dean, J.L. (2016). Non-tenure track faculty and learning communities: Bridging the divide to enhance teaching quality. Innovative Higher Education 41(1)., 331-342.

Collins, T., Slough, S., & Waxman, H. (2009). Lessons learned about mentoring junior faculty in higher education. Academic Leadership 7(2),

Gibson, S.K. (2006). Mentoring of women faculty: The role of organizational politics and culture. Innovative Higher Education, 31(1), 63-79.

Gutierez, S.B. & Kim, H-B (2018). Peer coaching in a research-based teachers’ professional learning method for lifelong learning: A perspective. Alberta Journal of Educational Research 64(2), 214-221.

Wallace, N. (2019, July 9). Leaders of Color Speak Out. Retrieved January 9, 2019 from

ISTE Blog Growing ME: Bridging the Equity Gap Through Mentorship
Does Teacher Diversity matter in Student Learning?

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Julianne Ross-Kleinmann, Ulster BOCES
ISTE Certified Educator
Dr. Tracy Daniel-Hardy, Gulfport School District

Dr. Tracy Daniel-Hardy is the Director of Technology for Gulfport School District, Future Ready Tech Leader Advisor, Immediate Past President of the Mississippi Educational Computing Association, member of the Mississippi Department of Education's Technology Advisory Committee and many other civic and community organizations. Dr. Hardy champions causes and movements within her affiliated organizations that promote and encourage equity for women, people of color, and others who are disenfranchised and/or under represented.

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