Peer Mentors are assigned to experienced teachers (those with three or more years of teaching experience) who are new to St. Vrain. A minimum of eight hours is spent with the inductee to orient them with school and district policies, offer guidance about professional expectations for behavior and performance, provide district and building timelines (e.g., report cards, state assessments) review district standards and curriculum, and locate resources and materials.
Instructional Mentors support novice 1 or novice 2 teachers new to St. Vrain who are not working with an Induction Coach or Clinical Professor. Efforts are made to match Instructional Mentors with someone whose assignment is similar and within the same building. The Instructional Mentor meets with the inductee for a minimum of 24 hours spread out over the course of the year. Forms of support are individualized and based on the needs of the teacher. Focus areas include, but are not limited to, the following: review district and building policies and procedures, offer guidance regarding professional expectations for behavior and performance, review district and building timelines (e.g., report cards, state assessments), utilize district standards and curriculum, locate resources and materials, assist with short and long term instructional planning and assessment, provide peer coaching and ongoing feedback, analyze student work and teaching practices to enhance student learning and teacher growth.
Special Education Mentors support novice and experienced special education teachers new to our district. The special education peer mentor works with the inductee for a minimum of 8 hours and the special education instructional mentor works with the inductee for a minimum of 24 hours hours over the course of the year providing information regarding district processes and procedures, district and building timelines, assessment reports, planning, and ongoing feedback about instruction.
All mentors must complete an 8 hour class – “Mentor Training for Licensed Staff Mentors”.