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410 Central Ave. N.
New Prague, MN 56071

phone: 952-758-1700
fax: 952-758-1799

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Mentorship Program

The purpose of the New Prague Area Schools Mentorship Program is to provide a supportive professional community to our non-tenured teachers (new, second, and third year teachers) and assist in the development of long-term careers in education.  This task is accomplished with the commitment of the Mentor Coordinator, Mentor and Mentee working collaboratively.

Our Goals:

  • Become oriented to the district standards and protocols
  • Strengthen professional practices in curriculum and instruction
  • Establish a disposition for continuous professional development and develop collegiality
  • Increase student achievement

Three-Year Cycle to support:

  • New teacher effectiveness
  • Improve teacher retention
  • Strengthen teacher leadership

Accomplishing the Goals:

  • Mentor Coordinator, Mentors, and Mentees working together
  • Observations from the Mentor Coordinator
  • Observations from the building Principal
  • Working through a framework designed for goal setting, discussions, and reflections

Strive throughout the year to:

  • Observe at least two other classroom teachers of similar grade level/subject area
  • Participate in professional development sessions

NPAS Promises:

  • Provide on-going, comprehensive staff development
  • Formative observations by the Mentor Coordinator
  • Professional development sessions to design to support professional practices

 

Mentorship Program Roles and Expectations

Mentor Coordinator

  • Works with Mentor and Mentees
  • Coordinates district mentorship activities and discussion topics
  • Conducts informal observations intended to provide feedback, allow for discussion, and reflections of practices
  • Serves as a resource

Mentor

  • A role model and advocate
  • Establish a relationship which instills trust, mutual respect, and collegiality
  • Encourage support, guide, and provide feedback to the mentee
  • Establish a routine for consistent on-going communication
  • Serve as a resource in order to share thoughts, ideas, and information to develop professional pedagogy

Mentee

  • Take an active part in the training provided at the district and building levels
  • Keep an open dialogue with Mentor Coordinator, Mentor, fellow team members, and staff
  • Work with the Mentor Coordinator to complete teaching observational experiences
  • Put forth an honest effort to help ensure observational experience and Mentorship Program is successful