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Weekly Mentoring Updates

Current update: 5/24/23

This and all previous updates are included in the Weekly Mentoring Updates link above. 

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Mentoring for Teachers, Specialists and Leaders


Teacher/School Specialist Mentor Plans Checklist and Plan Review Process


Please use this checklist to ensure that your Teacher/School Specialist plans have the minimum components required based on the criteria established by the Kansas State Department of Education. School Specialist types include the following: Library Media, Reading, School Counselor and School Psychologist. 

Teacher_Specialist Mentoring Plans Checklist and Review Final.pdf

Professional Education Standards.pdf

KSDE will use this checklist to ensure a consistent, thorough and timely review of Teacher/School Specialist mentoring plans. (Posted 12/8/21)

Mentoring Guidelines For Leaders

 TitleOwnerCategoryModified DateSize 
Archived Mentor and Induction GuidanceEd Kalas 7/28/2022770.39 KBDownload
July 2022 Mentor and Induction Guidance for Leadership Ed Kalas 7/21/2022223.04 KBDownload

Stipends for Teacher Mentors




To apply for this stipend, districts must enter mentors for classroom teachers into the Mentor Programs application - a KSDE Authenticated Application.

(Request access to Mentor Programs using the Manage My Account function for KSDE Authenticated Applications if you do not already have access.)

Deadline is May 1, 2023

For mentors to meet the statutory requirements for the stipend, they must:    

  1. hold a professional or accomplished level teaching license;
  2. hold an assignment as a classroom teacher reported as educator type 1-5 in the Licensed Personnel Report (LPR)  (1. Elementary, 2. Middle School, 3. Secondary, 4. SPED/ESOL, 5. CTE);
  3. have three consecutive school years of employment in the school district where they mentor;
  4. mentor no more than two new-to-the-profession teachers (classroom teachers in their 1st through 3rd years of teaching);
  5. complete a mentor training program (based on the Teacher/School Specialist Mentoring Plan guidelines)

For more detailed information, see Stipends for Mentors of Classroom Teachers.  

Districts will log back into the Mentor Programs application when it opens from April 1-May 1, 2023 to validate their mentors, add mentees, assign mentors to mentees, and submit.   

Questions on mentor stipends contact

Leslie Bruton at lbruton@ksde.org




Ed Kalas, Education Program Consultant

Mentor Stipend

Leslie Bruton, Systems Coordinator
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