New WDMCS certified staff

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 professional learning
  • Participate in ongoing building-level induction
  • Receive guidance and support from a mentor
  • Receive feedback from district program coordinator through classroom visits

Year 2

  • Receive ongoing guidance and support from a trained mentor
  • Receive feedback from district program coordinator through classroom visits
  • Meet all eight Iowa Teaching Standards, complete the Comprehensive Evaluation, and move from initial to standard license
  • Participate in quarterly Mentors/Second-Year Teachers professional learning

Year 3

  • Receive support for Professional Growth Plan through collaborative design