• Comprehensive Induction Program

    Lead Mentor Role & Responsibilities

    For the purposes of this document “new educators” refers to both new teachers & specialists

    Expectations

    1. Must be trained in all aspects for the program.
    2. All brand new Lead Mentors must attend the New Lead Mentor Training prior to beginning the position.
    3. All current Lead Mentors must attend the annual summer training to continue in the position.
    4. Responsible for training Mentors as directed by the site.
    5. Must assist with the matching of new educators and Mentors.
    6. Must attend all meetings required by the site.
    7. Must assist in orientation of new educators as agreed upon by the state.
    8. Is to submit Lead Mentor Log that documents completion of work required of Lead Mentors. (This may not include activities related to one-on-one mentoring of new educators in Years One and Two).
    9. Must submit documents to the Site Coordinator by the designated date to be eligible for pay.

    Lead Mentors Assigned to Years One and Two

    1. Train Mentors in the process for Years One and Two.
    2. Train new educators in the expectation of the mentoring process.
    3. Check in with mentors and new educators to assure the progress of the new educators.
    4. Work with the Site Coordinator in cases of any matching concerns.
    5. Document Lead Mentor activities completed as required to receive the Lead Mentor stipend.

    Lead Mentors Electing to Mentor for Additional Pay

    1. Must be trained in all aspects for the program.
    2. Must meet with the new educator(s) and keep records of meetings, and observations.
    3. Must attend orientation and any other designated meetings with their new educator(s).
    4. Must submit a Mentor Log that documents completion of work required of Mentors to the Site Coordinator to be eligible for the stipend. This must include clearly documented weekly contact with the new educator(s).
    5. Other requirements may be deemed part of the process by a site.

    Responsibilities

    Your role is primarily a coach who supports and encourages the new educator during their first two years of induction. You should assist the new educator in looking at their current level of practice in classroom environment, planning and preparation, and instruction. You are to provide feedback based on the evidence of practice that you observed. The three roles you play are as follows.

    Be a Role Model by:

    • Displaying a positive attitude
    • Practicing and encouraging reflective practices
    • Being a life-long learner
    • Promoting thinking, analysis, problem solving, and planning
    • Being a leader by example
    • Being a guide on the side
    • Being an assessor who recognizes readiness for new challenges
    • Being a motivator who encourages and challenges

    Be a Helper by:

    • Giving of your time and support
    • Providing the new educator with resources, models of instruction, and methods
    • Showing an awareness of what new practice looks like
    • Committing to and holding meeting/observations with the new educator as a major importance and documenting the progress
    • Building confidence in the new educator
    • Celebrating the successes of the new educator
    • Working collaboratively with the program at large to assist the new educator

    Be a Colleague by:

    • Being an advocate for the new educator and the profession
    • Being a confidante who listens but does not share confidential information
    • Demonstrating a caring and helpful attitude

    Lead Mentors Working with Year Three

    (Eligible for Lead Mentor Stipend Only – There is no one-on-one mentoring during this Year )

    1. Assists with setting up the learning teams.
    2. Should model the first session and assure that the chapters will be covered by group members throughout the process.
    3. Should check in with the group regularly during the year to assure things are going well.
    4. Should be prepared to assist facilitators in setting up their meetings.
    5. Should have a schedule of the meetings and submit it to the Site Coordinator.
    6. Collects, reviews, and approves work from Year 3 educators.
    7. Notifies the Site Coordinator of those completing applicable requirements.
    8. Must document Lead Mentor activities completed as required to receive the Lead Mentor stipend which must include working directly with new educators in Year Three.
    9. If a Lead Mentor is responsible for new educators in both Years Three and Four, they must document Lead Mentor activities completed as required to receive the Lead Mentor stipend which must include working with educators in those two Years.

    Lead Mentor Working with Year Four

    (Eligible for Lead Mentor Stipend Only - There is no one-on-one mentoring during this Year)

    1. Meet with new educators in this year.
    2. Review and approve new educator(s)’s personalized professional growth plan that addresses his or her individual needs identified through the self-analysis. This work must be documented as being implemented in the classroom and having a positive impact on student learning.
    3. Work with others to determine if all will focus on one topic for the year or if varied topics may be used.
    4. Check in with each new educator to assure they are making progress.
    5. Collect, review, and approve the work of educator(s) in Year Four.
    6. Notify the Site Coordinator of those completing the year.
    7. Must document Lead Mentor activities completed as required to receive the Lead Mentor stipend which must include working directly with new educators in Year Four.
    8. If a Lead Mentor is responsible for new educators in both Years Three and Four, they must document Lead Mentor activities completed as required to receive the Lead Mentor stipend which must include working with educators in those two Years.

    Pay for Services

    Lead Mentors Not Mentoring: The Lead Mentor stipend is $1500 for the work described above.

    Lead Mentors Mentoring and Submitting Additional Activities: In addition to your $1,500 Lead Mentor stipend, you will receive a stipend for mentoring a new teacher in Year One or Two as follows:

    1. The stipends for pay are: one new educator = $750 , two new educators = $1000 , three new educators + $1250 . Please note that the mentoring of three new educators is not encouraged.
    2. You must provide documentation of Mentoring activities on a Mentor Log for each new educator you are mentoring (this is in addition to the activities completed while serving as a Lead Mentor).

    Issuance of Pay

    1. The stipend pay request is generally submitted by the Site Coordinator in early to mid May and the stipend usually appears in one of the June paychecks.
    2. Please do not call DOE staff in regard to the date when pay will be in your check as they do not have that information. You will receive a notification that pay was requested indicating the date that the request was made by the Site Coordinator.
    3. In the event that you do not see the stipend pay in your June check, please contact your site’s finance office.
    4. In the event that there is not a new educator currently in any program year for you to work with, you will not be eligible for the Lead Mentor stipend.
    5. If you do not attend the annual Lead Mentor Summer Training, you are not eligible for the Lead Mentor stipend.