Career in Teaching Mentoring ProgramProgram Description:
The Career in Teaching Mentor Program is an induction program for all teachers who are in their first three years of teaching. Participants work collaboratively with a mentor, set professional goals, and participate in a variety of professional growth activities. Mentors are professionally trained by OSPI to offer their mentees support, to challenge their practices, and to facilitate their professional vision."What we do to and for our new teachers, we do to and for our students."Marcy Yoshida, BEST Coordinator, OSPI
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.