Standard I: Mentor programs have a clear purpose and specified goals which reflect best practices.
- The purpose statement describes why the mentor program exists (need) and states how the program is aligned with standards II-VI.
- Goals state how the purpose of the program will be achieved.
Standard II: Mentor programs are organized to provide probationary teachers with professional support and continuous assistance.
- The program prepares mentors through training and on-going support activities.
- Mentor teachers must be on-site.
- The program includes time for structured and/or planned contacts between the mentor and probationary teacher.
- The program defines expectations of administrators and explains how administrators at the building and district level support the mentor program.
- The program includes a year-long description of regular sequenced activities.
- The program supports other district initiatives.
- The program includes a process for mentor matching and a mechanism for re-assignment if the mentor is unable to fulfill the responsibilities.
- The program ensures confidentiality between the mentor and probationary teacher.
Standard III: Mentor selection purposefully matches the best qualified mentor with a probationary teacher.
- The mentor teachers must be a certificated teacher who has completed at least three consecutive school years of employment in the school district.
- Participation by the mentor teacher must be voluntary.
- The mentor teacher will be selected by the district and approved by the local school board based on the following criteria: (1) demonstrates exemplary teaching ability as measured by the district appraisal system and (2) exhibits qualities of an effective mentor as noted in the resource notebook.
- The mentor must be matched with a probationary teacher based on the most appropriate combination of the following: endorsement, grade level, proximity.
- The mentor teacher may provide assistance and guidance to not more than two probationary teachers.
Standard IV: Mentor programs result in professional growth of the mentor and probationary teacher.
- The program establishes on-going mentor professional development that addresses the developmental stages of the probationary teacher, roles and responsibilities of the mentor, coaching-observation-feedback, relationship building and collaboration strategies.
- The program establishes on-going professional development and support for the probationary teacher that addresses their individual needs.
- The program provides professional development to administrators and other staff members regarding their roles in supporting the probationary teacher.
- The program aligns with other professional development initiatives.
Standard V: Mentors have clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
- The mentor participates in on-going training (see St IV, Cr 1).
- The mentor collaborates with and supports the probationary teacher during on-going structured and unstructured contact time.
- The mentor builds a positive relationship with the probationary teacher(s).
- The mentor respects confidentiality of the mentor/probationary teacher relationship.
- The mentor models, coaches, observes and provides feedback.
- The mentor documents activity participation.
- The mentor advocates for the probationary teacher by providing direct assistance on situational issues.
Standard VI: Mentor programs establish a local program evaluation process in addition to the submission of requested KSDE data.
- The evaluation assesses achievement of specified program goals. (Standard I)
- The evaluation assesses the effectiveness of program organization in providing professional support and continuous assistance to the probationary teacher. (Standard II)
- The evaluation assesses the effectiveness of the mentor selection and the matching process. (Standard III).
- The evaluation assesses the impact of the mentor program on the professional growth of the mentor and probationary teacher. ( Standard IV).
- The evaluation assesses the degree to which mentors fulfilled roles and responsibilities. (Standard V).