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
  • 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 2016)
  • Duration – New teachers agree to participate in the mentor program for a period of two years

Compensation and Substitute Reimbursement

Mentors – Compensation

  • Annual stipend of $1,200 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
    • Meal reimbursement
  • Release time for face-to-face mentoring
  • Lodging reimbursement and provided meals at the summer academy
  • Upon completion of two-year program, certified teachers will have met the requirements to renew their certificate.
New Teachers - Compensation
  • Release time to attend kick-off day
    • Meal 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
Substitute Reimbursement Form (Must be completed by Business Manager)

Mentor Seminar:
  • Districts will receive up to $100 substitute reimbursement per mentor
Kick-off Event:
  • Districts will receive up to $100 substitute reimbursement per mentor and per new teacher
Mentoring:
  • A $500 substitute reimbursement for mentoring time will be shared between the new teachers district and the assigned mentor's district, dependent on use.

2016-17 Mentoring Program Information

Mentors

  • Participate in SD Mentor Professional Learning Community
    • Face-to-face SD Mentoring Seminar
  • Oct. 31 or Nov. 1 in Sioux Falls; Nov. 3 or Nov. 4 in Rapid City
    • Series of three online webinars
  • Attend one of four kick-off days with assigned new teacher
    • Nov. 15 or 16 in Chamberlain, Watertown, or Pierre
    • Nov. 17, 18, or 19 in Rapid City, Aberdeen, or 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 6 & 7 in Spearfish or June 8 & 9 in Sioux Falls
  • Maintain mentor log
New Teachers
  • Attend one kick-off day with assigned Mentor
    • Nov. 15 or 16 in Chamberlain, Watertown, or Pierre
    • Nov. 17, 18, or 19 in Rapid City, Aberdeen, or 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 6 & 7 in Spearfish or June 8 & 9 in Sioux Falls

2017-18 First-Year Mentoring Program Information

Mentors

  • Must obtain administrative sign-off to participate in the program
  • Participate in SD Mentor Professional Learning Community
    • Face-to-face SD Mentoring Seminar
      • July 17, 18, 2017 (Sioux Falls); July 19, 2017 (Aberdeen); July 20, 2017 (Rapid City)
    • Series of three online webinars
  • Attend one of the kick-off days with assigned new teacher
    • Aug. 2, 2017 in Brookings, Rapid City, or Sioux Falls
    • Aug. 3, 2017 in Pierre or Sioux Falls
    • Sep. 15, 2017 in Rapid City, or 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 4 & 5, 2018 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
    • Aug. 2, 2017 in Brookings, Pierre, Rapid City, or Sioux Falls
    • Aug. 3, 2017 in Aberdeen, Pierre, or Sioux Falls
    • Sep. 15, 2017 in Rapid City, or 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 4 & 5, 2018 in Sioux Falls

2017-18 Second-Year Mentoring Program Information

Mentors

  • Participate in SD Mentor Professional Learning Community
    • Face-to-face SD Mentoring Seminar
      • July 24, 2017 in Sioux Falls or July 27, 2017 in Rapid City
    • Series of three online webinars
  • Attend one of the kick-off days with assigned new teacher
    • July 25, 2017 in Sioux Falls or July 28, 2017 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 4 & 5, 2018 in Sioux Falls
  • Maintain mentor log
New Teachers
  • Attend one kick-off day with assigned Mentor
    • July 25, 2017 in Sioux Falls or July 28, 2017 in Rapid City
  • Participate in 34 hours of mentoring (based on mentor guidelines to include focus on South Dakota Framework for Teaching) from December 2016 through May 2017 (a minimum of 18 hours face-to-face)
  • Attend Summer Academy
    • June 4 & 5, 2018 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.
  • Inform the state of mentor/teacher assignments
  • Mentors meet with new teachers for at least 34 hours throughout the school year
  • 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.