As required by statute, districts must apply for mentor grant funds this fall, in order for their qualified mentor teachers to be eligible for the state funded mentor stipend. Districts apply for the mentor grant by reporting their participating mentor teachers this fall.
Enter your mentor 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 September 28, 2020
For mentors to meet the statutory requirements for the state funded stipend, mentors must:
To review detailed guidance information on mentoring and mentor stipend qualifications Click Mentoring and State Funded Stipends
Districts will log back into the application during the spring 2021 semester to validate their mentors/assigned mentees and submit.
Questions on mentor stipends contact Shane Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Helbert at email@example.com
Instructions to Submit Local Mentoring Plan
Submit via email (as attachment) to:
2. If you are using an outside provider, please do the following:
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KSDE University 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 full pre-service teacher mentoring services, mentor training, and other professional learning.
Since 2008, one year of mentoring has been required for an individual to move from a two-year initial license to the five-year professional license. This practice was required by KSDE policy; however, in October, 2014, the policy was placed into regulation. Guidelines were developed and, by June 1, 2015, all local education agencies were to have submitted their programs for KSDE approval.
Since then, the Commissioner convened a Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) to study teacher vacancies and supply. In response to the group’s recommendations, at its August, 2016, meeting, the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved the creation of a Teacher Vacancy and Supply Committee (TVSC). The committee was charged with leading the implementation of approved task force recommendations, studying the effectiveness of those recommendations and monitoring the annual collection of teacher data.
At the March, 2017, SBOE meeting, the TVSC proposed several changes and clarifications to the current mentor and induction guidelines as they apply to new teachers only. The Board authorized them to be implemented by all LEAs for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, after which they will be reassessed. As a result, the plans of all LEAs were required to be modified and approved by August 1, 2017.
Susan Helbert, Assistant Director,
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To accommodate people with disabilities, on request, auxiliary aides and services will be provided and reasonable modifications to policies and programs will be made. To request accommodations or for more information please contact the Office of General Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org or by 785-296-3201.