Beginning Teacher/Mentor Program

The connections between mentors and beginning teachers is a key component to professional learning. This program supports new teachers and provides time for ongoing mentor training. Mentors and beginning teachers engage in collaborative problem-solving.

Components

Year 1

  • Participate in August New Certified Staff Workshop day
  • Participate in quarterly New Certified Staff seminars
  • Participate in ongoing building-level induction
  • Receive assistance and support from a mentor
  • Receive feedback from district Site Coordinator’s classroom visitation(s)
  • Participate in visitations of mentor’s and other teachers’ classrooms

Year 2

  • Receive ongoing assistance and support from a trained mentor
  • Receive feedback from district Site Coordinator’s classroom visitation(s)
  • Participate in visitations of mentor’s and other teachers’ classrooms
  • Continue to participate in ongoing induction (i.e., Staff Development, building-level activities)
  • Meet all eight Iowa Teaching Standards, complete the Comprehensive Evaluation, and move from initial to standard license
  • Participate in quarterly Mentors/Second-Year Teachers meetings

Year 3

  • Receive support for Professional Growth Plan through collaborative design and Site Coordinator/collegial assistance
  • Select an Iowa Teaching Standard to enrich, enhance, and empower teaching and learning
  • Continue to participate in ongoing induction, which develops competent and caring teachers toward professional expertise
  • Complete a minimum of five (5) license renewal credits during the first four years of employment

Contact Us

William Bird
Site Coordinator
(515) 633-5032

2012-13 Overview

  • 21 mentors actively serve second-year teachers
  • 17 mentors actively serve first-year teachers
  • 20 colleague coaches actively serve new-with-experience teachers
  • 17 first-year teachers
  • 19 new-with-experience teachers and counselors
  • 21 second-year teachers
  • 22 third-year teachers