Career in Teaching Program
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.
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.
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
- Parent communication
Classroom observations, conferences and planning sessions occur on a consistent, ongoing basis.