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Kalispell Public Schools
Kalispell, Montana

Teacher Mentoring

Mentoring in the Kalispell Public Schools 2015-16

Click on this link for a flyer on the KPS Mentoring Program for 2015-16

Purpose:  All new teachers will be assigned a mentor who will support them in becoming more fluent in the following Professional Teaching Standards:

  1. Engaging and supporting all students in learning

  2. Developing as a professional educator

  3. Assessing student learning

  4. Creating and maintaining an effective learning environment

  5. Understanding and organizing subject matter for student learning

  6. Planning instruction and designing learning experiences for all students 

All teachers new to the district with less than 3 years of experience will be assigned a mentor during their first two years in the district.

All teachers new to the district with 3 years or more of experience will be assigned a mentor during their first year in the district.

Summary and Expectations:  Mentors are compensated at the curricular rate for up to 20 hours of time spent with their mentee.  Additionally, a half day release for mentors is provided 4-6 times throughout the year.  The purpose of this release time is for the mentor to observe and consult with their mentee.  Feedback provided by the mentor to the mentee aligns with the areas outlined in the 6 purposes noted above and mentors are encouraged to use the observation tools that have been a part of the training received.  These tools include the ASW (Analysis of Student Work), CAL (Collaborative Assessment Log), and the SS (Selective Scripting) observation instruments.  Release time is coordinated with the mentee’s classroom schedule in consultation between the mentor, mentee and building administration.  Mentors and their mentees are also given opportunities to jointly observe the classrooms of master teachers in the district.  These observations are a formal part of the 2nd year of induction.  A Classroom Observation protocol is used to guide the observation and the reflective discussions that result. 

To become a mentor, teachers must participate in 6 days of training from the New Teacher Center on effective mentoring practices.  This training is required for individuals to serve as a mentor.  Additionally, Mentor Forums are held each year in which mentors are provided the opportunity to reflect upon their mentoring experience and to improve upon their mentoring skills.

2015-16 New Mentor Training Schedule

Cadre 3  is the new mentor group for the 2015-16 program.             

*All trained mentors will participate in these forums whether or not they are working with a new teacher during this school year.

 Additional information on the Mentoring Program:

New Teacher Center Professional Learning Series Informational Brochure 2015-16

High Quality Mentoring Induction Resource

District Mentoring and Induction Practices Self-Assessment

Mentor Selection and Program Leader Expectations (Montana Induction Institute)

Curriculum and Instruction