• Career in Teaching Program
    Program Description:

    The Career in Teaching Mentor Program is an induction program for all teachers who are in their first two years of teaching.  Participants work collaboratively with a mentor, set professional goals, and participate in a variety of professional growth activities.
    The goals for the program are:
    • Welcome and integrate new teachers into the Spokane Public School System.
    • Reduce the concerns and challenges common to the first years of teaching.
    • Develop the knowledge, skills, and practices that will enable new teachers to accelerate their professional growth.
    • Enhance new teachers’ personal and professional development, enabling them to attain higher instructional competence.

    CIT Teachers

    Mentor Teachers:

    Mentor teachers are experienced Spokane teachers who demonstrate exceptional instructional expertise and a love for learning.  They are hired to provide full-time support and professional development for new teachers and others requesting support in the district. 
    Some of the mentors’ specific responsibilities include:
    • Making classroom visitations and providing feedback to teachers
    • Modeling teaching strategies
    • Providing resources and curriculum support
    • Helping with lesson design
    • Conducting trainings and workshops
    • Helping teachers to set goals and develop effective professional growth plans.
    Professional Growth:

    Training, workshops and meetings are offered for new teachers on a variety of topics including:
    • Classroom management
    • District curriculum
    • Student assessment
    • Effective instructional strategies
    • Lesson design
    • Social Justice
    • Technology
    • Parent communication

    Classroom observations, conferences and planning sessions occur on a consistent, ongoing basis.