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Teacher/Leader Mentoring


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

In order 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 Here:_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 


TEACHER MENTORING PROGRAMS - guidelines revised March 2017

Submissions to meet new guidelines due 8-1-2017.

Click here to check the status of your submission.

New Guidelines for Mentor and Induction of Teachers (pdf) - approved by State Board March 2017

Addendum for plans approved under old guidelines* (pdf) - April 2017
*Approvals that were based on Survey Monkey submissions are not eligible to use the addendum.

New mentoring and induction guidelines for teachers were adopted by the State Board at its March 2017 meeting. With this adoption, employers of teachers must make the appropriate changes and resubmit their teacher mentoring and induction plans for approval.

What employers of licensed teachers need to do:

Systems using approved outside providers (See list near bottom of page.) for teacher mentoring and induction:
KSDE will request updated plans from the approved providers. Education systems are responsible for the August 1 deadline, so it is imperative that outside providers have their updates submitted by then.
Systems with approved self-created plans for teacher mentoring and induction:

If your teacher mentoring plan is already approved* from 2015, you can opt to insert this addendum at the front of your plan, make no other changes, and submit the updated document to KSDE. Following this option by July 14, 2017 will result in automatic approval.
*This does not include 2015 approvals granted based on Survey Monkey submissions.

If your teacher mentoring plan is already approved, you can opt to make the required changes within the text of your document, highlight those changes, and submit the udpated document to KSDE for approval. Following this option will put your plan in the review queue; to assure approval by August 1, updated plans must be submitted by August 1, 2017.

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

1. If you are using an outside provider, simply e-mail the name of your outside provider and make sure your outside provider submits its updated plan to to meet the August 1 approval deadline.
2. If your plan is self-created, email your actual updated mentoring and induction plan document as an attachment.

Sample Plans
KSDE Sample Mentoring Plan for School Specialists (.docx)
Hamilton USD 390 Educational Leader Mentoring (.docx)

Approved Providers of Complete Mentoring Programs

Greenbush - Southeast Kansas Regional Service Center - Girard
Kansas Mentoring and Induction Center (KMIC) - Wichita
Smoky Hill Education Service Center - Salina
The Service Center at Clearwater - South Central Kansas Education Service Center - Clearwater
Southwest Plains Regional Service Center - Sublette
Southwestern College - Winfield (does not include school specialists)

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)
The Service Center at Clearwater - South Central Kansas Education Service Center (Clearwater)
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 full 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 Guidelines and Program Guidance Document

Mentoring Contacts

Susan Helbert, Assistant Director,
Teacher Licensure and Accreditation

Mentoring Plan
Review and Approval

Ed Kalas,
Education Program Consultant

Licensure Consultants

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