Johnny Key

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Teacher Induction/Mentoring

The Teacher Induction/ Mentoring program is designed to provide a novice teacher (NT) the support of a site-based, certified mentor who assists the novice teacher in developing the skills of an effective teacher. The NT Mentoring Program is a blended-learning environment. The first semester of mentoring consists of the Survive and Thrive Resource Module, a guideline of events to assist the NT in beginning the school year. The mentor meets with the novice teacher regularly once a month, and on an as-needed basis. Even after the semester is completed, the Survive and Thrive Resource Module can continue to be a guideline for the NT throughout the year.

In the second semester of mentoring, the NT and mentor will continue to work together on the Survive and Thrive Resource Module. Mentors should direct mentoring sessions to support the goals of the NT’s PGP.

The Teacher Induction/ Mentoring program is designed to provide a novice teacher the support, assistance, and encouragement of a site-based, trained mentor in order for the novice teacher to learn the skills he or she needs to become an effective, knowledgeable teacher. 


Novice Teacher

A novice teacher is defined as any licensed teacher of record with less than one school year of classroom teaching experience in a public school, other Arkansas agency, or organization requiring an Arkansas Educator's License.The classroom teaching experience does not include student internship or substitute teaching.


The goal of mentoring is to provide continuous professional growth for the novice teacher. Mentors assist the novice teacher in the implementation of the goals in the Professional Growth Plan, which is developed by the novice teacher and his or her administrator; identification and celebration of strength areas; procurement of resources (both human and material); and identification of professional development opportunities.




For more information, please contact:

Maureen Harness, Teacher and Leader Support Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall, Box 5
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-4382

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