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 work together through a minimum of two interactive Resource Modules, which are selected to support the NT’s Professional Growth Plan (PGP). The Resource Modules are based upon the components of Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, the basis of the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS). The NT Resource Modules are purposefully designed to provide individualized professional growth opportunities for the NT.
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.
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.
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