The Induction and Mentoring Program strives to create an environment where collegial, reflective practice is the norm, and where students, teachers and administrators build a community of reflective and self-directed learners. It is built on the premise that incoming teachers - as adults - know themselves as learners, have a natural, inherent potential to learn, and will be motivated to work collaboratively with their mentors to create the kinds of learning that will improve their practice and improve student learning. Thus, support is individualized, based on the needs of the incoming teachers and their students.
The Induction and Mentoring Program is designed to support beginning and new-to-MCCPS teachers to:
Meetings and Observations
The administration will match mentors to mentees. All first and second year teachers will have a mentor. First year teachers will meet with their mentors at least once a week. Second year teachers will meet with their mentors regularly. Each will record this work via a Mentoring Log The Head of School will meet weekly with first year teachers during the first term and will observe them during classroom instruction. First year teachers will be observed at least two times in September, a minimum of three times during the first trimester and at least once in both second and third trimesters. Second year teachers will be observed at least once each trimester. Mentors and Mentees will also meet together and as separate groups with the Head of School each trimester.
Mentors will be offered one of three options to compensate their efforts. A Mentor may choose forty lunches, two additional personal days, or no recess duties. This choice should be communicated to the Head of School.
Sharing information about the Common Core, best teaching practices, planning, assessment and teaching for understanding
Providing assistance with routines, organization, assessment and best practices leading to high levels of instructional rigor and engagement. Share methods related to conferencing and communication with colleagues and parents