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Teacher/Leader Mentoring

K.A.R. 91-1-203(b)(5) requires local education agencies(LEAs) to have an approved program providing systemic mentoring support to all new teachers/school specialists and all new educational leaders hired under an initial license in order for the State Board of Education to allow their movement from an initial license to a professional license. LEAs are to have an approved program in place for the 2015-2016 school year.

Explanation: Employers-of-record of positions requiring teacher, specialist, or educational leader licensing must provide a KSDE-approved, formal, year-long mentoring program for new employees in said positions who hold the initial level Kansas license (as opposed to the professional level license).

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Submission Instructions

1. If you are using an outside provider, simply e-mail Kelly Slaton (kslaton@ksde.org) the name of your outside provider and make sure your outside provider submits its program content to Kelly Slaton for review.
2. If you are creating your own program, send your actual mentoring plan document, via e-mail attachment, to kslaton@ksde.org. If you are self-creating one portion and contracting out the other, simply indicate in the text of the e-mail which provider you are using for the contracted part.

Sample Plans from KSDE
KSDE Sample District Mentoring Plan (.dotx) - Fill-in form - navigate through the fill-in areas using the tab key. Add any requirements beyond the minimum that your school/district desires, save, and submit to KSDE for approval.
KSDE Sample Mentoring Plan for School Specialists (.docx)


Sample Plans from USDs
Teacher/specialist plans
Burrton USD 369 Teacher-Specialist Mentoring (.docx)
Elkhart USD 218 Teacher-Specialist Mentoring (.docx)
Great Bend USD 428 Teacher-Specialist Mentoring (pdf)
Hamilton USD 390 Teacher-Specialist Mentoring (.docx)
Wellsville USD 289 Teacher-Specialist Mentoring (.docx)

Educational leader plans
Hamilton USD 390 Educational Leader Mentoring (.docx)

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Approved Providers of Complete Mentoring Programs
FOR TEACHER/SCHOOL SPECIALISTS
ESSDACK
Greenbush - Southeast Kansas Regional Service Center - Girard
Smoky Hill Education Service Center - Salina
South Central Kansas Education Service Center - Clearwater
Southwest Plains Regional Service Center - Sublette
Southwestern College - Winfield (does not include school specialists)

FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERS
ESSDACK
Greenbush - Southeast Kansas Regional Service Center - Girard
Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB)
Kansas Educational Leadership Institute (KELI) - Manhattan (KSDE Partner)
Smoky Hill Education Service Center (Salina)
Southwest Plains Regional Service Center (Sublette)

KSDE Partners
Kansas Educational Leadership Institute (KELI) - Kansas State University (provides professional learning, as well as complete mentoring programs, for building and district leaders)
Kansas Mentor and Induction Center (KMIC) - Wichita State University (provides professional learning, as well as complete training for mentors of teachers)

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