Mentoring

Statewide Mentoring Program

Frequently Asked Questions

The 2016 Legislature created a program to provide for the mentoring of teachers new to the profession in South Dakota school districts. The program provides new teachers access to a mentor teacher for a period of two years, along with participation in a summer workshop following the first year of employment.

Eligibility and Duration

Mentors

  • Eligibility - Teachers can request participation in the program by meeting these criteria:
    • At least five years of teaching experience, one of which is within the last seven years in a school or other education related field
    • Must hold a valid or expired teaching certificate
    • Must attend a Mentor Seminar prior to the beginning of each year in the program
  • Duration - A mentor will be selected to work with a beginning teacher for a period of two years
New Teachers
  • Eligibility - Must be a first year teacher employed by a South Dakota public school (or started teaching no sooner than January of 2018)
  • Duration – New teachers agree to participate in the mentor program for a period of two years

Compensation and Substitute Reimbursement

Information for Business Managers

  • New Guidance for Business Managers
  • Business Manager Informational PPT
  • The school district business managers handle the mentoring reimbursements and payments. Anytime a mentor or new teacher travels or attends a mentoring event, they will request reimbursement from the business manager. The school district will reimburse the teachers. The business manager will then request reimbursement from the State using an invoice form. Each business manager will receive a detailed budget spreadsheet which includes all teachers and events.


Mentors – Compensation

  • Annual stipend of $1,500 per new teacher per year for completion of all mentor requirements (Matches made throughout the year may be pro-rated based upon match date.)
  • Release time to attend Mentor Seminar
    • Meals, mileage, and hotel reimbursement
  • Release time to attend kick-off day
    • Meals and mileage reimbursement
  • Release time for face-to-face mentoring (up to $250 for substitute reimbursement)
  • Lodging reimbursement and provided meals at the summer academy
  • Upon completion of two-year program, certified teachers will have met the credit requirements to renew their teaching certificate.
New Teachers - Compensation
  • Release time to attend kick-off day
    • Meals and mileage reimbursement
  • Lodging reimbursement and provided meals at the summer academy
  • Upon completion of the two year program, certified teachers will have met the requirements to renew their certificate.
  • Participation in the mentor program will satisfy the district mentoring requirements for alternative certification teacher.
Substitute Reimbursement
Each mentor and new teacher will receive up to $250 to use towards Substitute Reimbursement throughout the school year.

2018 – 19 Year 1 of 2 Year Cycle in Mentor Program Information

Mentors

  • Must obtain administrative sign-off to participate in the program
  • Participate in SD Mentor Professional Learning Community
    • Attend one Face-to-face SD Mentoring Seminar in one of these locations
      • July 23, 2018 (Sioux Falls);
      • July 23, 2018 (Aberdeen);
      • July 26, 2018 (Rapid City);
      • August 9, 2018 (Brookings)
      • September 13, 2018 (Sioux Falls);
      • September 13, 2018 (Rapid City);
      • September 13, 2018 (Watertown);
    • Series of three online webinars
  • Attend one of the kick-off days with assigned new teacher in one of these locations
    • July 24, 2018 in Sioux Falls
    • July 24, 2018 in Aberdeen
    • July 27, 2018 in Rapid City
    • August 10, 2018 in Brookings
    • September 14, 2018 in Pierre
    • September 14, 2018 in Rapid City
  • Provide 34 hours of mentoring based on mentor guidelines to include focus on South Dakota Framework for Teaching (minimum of 18 hours face-to-face)
  • Attend Summer Academy
    • June 5 & 6, 2019 in Sioux Falls
  • Maintain mentor log
New Teachers
  • Must obtain administrative sign-off to participate in the program
  • Attend one kick-off day with assigned Mentor
    • July 24, 2018 in Sioux Falls
    • July 24, 2018 in Aberdeen
    • July 27, 2018 in Rapid City
    • August 10, 2018 in Brookings
    • September 14, 2018 in Pierre
    • September 14, 2018 in Rapid City
  • Participate in 34 hours of mentoring based on mentor guidelines to include focus on South Dakota Framework for Teaching (minimum of 18 hours face-to-face)
  • Attend Summer Academy
    • June 5 & 6, 2019 in Sioux Falls

2018-19 Year 2 of 2 Year Cycle in Mentor Program Information

Mentors

  • Participate in SD Mentor Professional Learning Community
    • Attend one Face-to-face SD Mentoring Seminar in one of these locations
      • July 16, 2018 in Sioux Falls
      • July 18, 2018 in Brookings
      • July 19, 2018 in Rapid City
      • August 6, 2018 in Pierre
      • August 9, 2018 in Sioux Falls
      • September 13, 2018 in Rapid City
      • September 20, 2018 in Sioux Falls
    • Series of three online webinars
  • Attend one of the kick-off days with assigned new teacher in one of these locations
    • July 17, 2018 in Sioux Falls
    • July 19, 2018 in Brookings
    • July 20, 2018 in Rapid City
    • August 7, 2018 in Pierre
    • August 10, 2018 in Sioux Falls
    • September 14, 2018 in Rapid City
    • September 21, 2018 in Sioux Falls
  • Provide 34 hours of mentoring based on mentor guidelines to include focus on South Dakota Framework for Teaching (minimum of 18 hours face-to-face)
  • Attend Summer Academy
    • June 5 & 6, 2019 in Sioux Falls
  • Maintain mentor log
New Teachers
  • Attend one of the kick-off days with assigned mentor in one of these locations
    • July 17, 2018 in Sioux Falls
    • July 19, 2018 in Brookings
    • July 20, 2018 in Rapid City
    • August 7, 2018 in Pierre
    • August 10, 2018 in Sioux Falls
    • September 14, 2018 in Rapid City
    • September 21, 2018 in Sioux Falls
  • Participate in 34 hours of mentoring based on mentor guidelines to include focus on South Dakota
    Framework for Teaching (minimum of 18 hours face-to-face)
  • Attend Summer Academy
    • June 5 & 6, 2019 in Sioux Falls

District-Run Mentoring Program

If a South Dakota public school district would like to receive funding to handle mentoring locally, the district must complete the following requirements:

  • Mentors must participate in the SD Mentor Professional Learning Community as outlined in the mentor requirements.
  • Mentors support new teachers with at least 40 hours of mentoring, including a kick-off (either state-run or district-run)
  • Inform the state of mentor/teacher assignments
  • Send the State an overview and details of the mentoring program
  • Participating teachers and their mentors attend the Summer Academy
Districts that choose this option will receive state funds for mentoring directly. District-run mentoring programs will be funded based upon remaining statewide mentoring program dollars.

Download application to the mentoring program.
Download excel template for teacher and mentor assignments.

Background

Following the passage of SB 133 in 2016, a work group was created to assist the Department of Education in the development and implementation of the South Dakota mentoring program.



Contact

For more information, contact Matt Gill at (605) 773-8193.