Who is eligible to be a mentor? Teachers with five or more years of teaching experience and would like to support new teachers.
How does a teacher become a mentor? Teachers who are interested are encouraged to contact Mauree Donahue Revier.
Mentors must attend eight (8) days of training provided by the Oregon Department of Education using the curriculum from New Teacher Center.
The training consists of 4 sessions, each lasting two days. The location of the training changes each year.
The topics of the training are:
Observing and Conferencing
Using Data to Inform Instruction
Designing Effective Instruction
What are the expectations? Mentors are expected to meet with their beginning teacher weekly. During these weekly conversations, Mentors support beginning teachers on topics selected by the beginning teacher
Establishing a classroom culture for learning
Observing and providing feedback
Looking at student work
Lesson planning for differentiation
Providing emotional support.
To keep notes on their meetings with their beginning teachers and log in the hours they meet
Districts & Principals
What is the role of the district leadership and principal in supporting the mentor and beginning teacher? The distric leadership and principal provide support for a successful partnership on behalf of the mentor, and beginning teacher and their students.
Assign new teachers within the area of their pre-service preparation
Set side time for the mentor and beginning teacher to meet, conduct observations, and attend professional development
Review the class list to ensure classes that are balanced with regard to students with special needs, English language learners, and student performance levels
Provide time and resources for mentors to attend training
Compensate the mentor
Districts compensate Mentors, and provide substitutes for Mentors to attend trainings and observe teachers. Mentors are supported in their work by the Columbia Gorge ESD Mentor Program Coordinator.