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NCAHS Teacher Mentor Training

The Support Team


The Mentee and the Mentor have two-way communication.
The Mentee and the Principal have two-way communication.
However, the Principal may communicate to the Mentor, but not the Mentor to the Principal. Thus the Mentor-Mentee discussions remain confidential and the Principal may still enlist the Mentor in the support of the Mentee for work on perceived weakness.

Should you become a mentor?

Take the following self-assessment to see how well you match up with characteristics of successful mentors.

Checklist for Prospective Mentors

Duties and Responsibilities of the Mentor: to serve as role model, support person, liason, and confidant.

Your Mentor Duties:
1. Resources: show how to access necessary content specific and technology resources.

2. Instruction: model instruction and arrange for the new teacher to visit content and other subject classrooms to observe teaching styles and methods to teach to students' individual differences.

3. Classroom Management: assist the new teacher with development of a classroom management style.

4. Consultation: consult with the beginning teacher and develop a confidential relationship by providing frequent guidance, feedback, reinforcement, reassurance and praise, in areas including but not limited to:

a. adjustment- help the new teacher orient and adjust to the role of professional educator

b. problem solving- assist the beginning teacher in assessing problems and defining possible solutions

c. reflection on practice- assist with incorporating educational research and theory with experience to develop and use a knowledge base of effective teaching practices and instructional options

d. evaluation- review personal evaluation, self-evaluation, and teacher portfolio

5. Non-teaching responsibilities: assist in managing non-teaching professional tasks by informing the new teacher of school policies and procedures, discussing legal and ethical issues, and relationships within the profession.

6. Develop and use a checklist from topics provided to ensure coverage of all topics.

Suggested topics essential for your mentee are described in the following link.

A Calendar of Events for Mentors and Mentees

Build a discipline-specific or support service specific timeline.

Timeline Task

The SUPPORT TEAM will maintain a system of written statements about the mentoring program in order to evaluate its effectiveness:

1. Pre-Program Statement of Expectations from Principal, Mentors, and Mentees

2. Journal/Log will be kept by each member of the team throughout the term of the program in order to reflect in writing on his or her experience throughout the program.

3. An Exit Summary will provide feedback on both positive and negative aspects of the program along with

4. Suggestions for Improvement

The Mentor must turn in the meeting LOG to the Director of Mentors at the end of the school year.

NCAHS Teacher Mentor Training