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Teacher/Leader Mentoring Funding


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:    

  • hold a professional or accomplished level license
  • hold an assignment as a classroom teacher
    • reported as educator type 1-5 in the EDCS/LPR
  • have three consecutive school years of employment in the school district where they are providing the mentoring
  • cannot be mentoring more than two new-to-the profession teachers (classroom teachers in their 1st 3 years of teaching)
  • have completed a mentor training program (based on the mentor program guidelines)

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 scarter@ksde.org or Susan Helbert at shelbert@ksde.org 


Mentoring for Teachers, Specialists and Leaders



Mentoring Guidelines

 TitleOwnerCategoryModified DateSize 
Mentoring Guidelines for LeadershipEd Kalas 2/2/202123.24 KBDownload
Mentoring Guidelines for Teachers after 7/1/2017Ed Kalas 2/2/202114.27 KBDownload
Mentoring Guidelines for Teachers before 7/1/2017 and School SpecialistsEd Kalas 2/2/202117.69 KBDownload

Mentoring Plans


Instructions to Submit Local Mentoring Plan
Submit via email (as attachment) to:
Ed Kalas

1. If your plan is self-created, email your actual updated mentoring and induction plan document as an attachment.

2. If you are using an outside provider, please do the following:

  • Email a copy of the contract/Memorandum of Agreement/Understanding (MOA/U) or other documentation that shows whose plan you currently use for mentoring.
  • In addition, please email a .pdf copy of that/those current plan(s) (to include teachers, specialists, and leaders (building and district)) to put in your KSDE file.


Approved List of Non-District Providers of

Mentoring Programs


                                                                    Teachers Specialists Leaders
Greenbush - Southeast Kansas Regional Service Center -Girard X X X
Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB)     X
Kansas Center for Career and Technical Education (KCCTE) X    
Kansas Educational Leadership Institute (KELI) - Manhattan      X
Northwest Kansas Educational Service Center X    
Orion-South Central Kansas Education Service Center - Clearwater X X X
Smoky Hill Education Service Center - Salina X X X
Southwest Plains Regional Service Center - Sublette X X X
List updated 3/24/21


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.

Mentoring Contacts

Mentoring Funding
General Mentoring

Susan Helbert, Assistant Director,
Teacher Licensure and Accreditation

Mentoring Plan
Review and Approval

Ed Kalas,
Education Program Consultant

Licensure Consultants

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