Mentoring

Statewide Mentoring Program

Frequently Asked Questions


Mentoring Program Video
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.

Applications for the program - both mentors and new teachers - are being accepted through Sept. 23, 2016.

Individuals who are interested in participating - either as mentors or new teachers - can find more information regarding the program and an application here:

New Teacher Application
Mentor Application
Administrator Sign-Off Form


STATEWIDE MENTORING PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Mentors

New Teachers


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

Eligibility

• Must be a first year teacher employed by a South Dakota public school (or started teaching no sooner than January of 2016)

Duration

• A mentor will be selected to work with a beginning teacher for a period of two years

Duration

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

Requirements

• Must obtain administrative sign-off to participate in the program
• 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

Requirements

• Must obtain administrative sign-off to participate in the program
• 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) from December 2016 through May 2017 (a minimum of 18 hours face-to-face)
• Attend Summer Academy
    - June 6 & 7 in Spearfish or June 8 & 9 in Sioux Falls

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 in Rapid City or Sioux Falls (week of Oct. 31, 2016)
    - 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.

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 (week of Oct. 31, 2016):
• 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.


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.

Click here for application to the mentoring program.
Click here for the 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.


Mentoring Work Group Development Team
May 11, 2016 Meeting Notes


Contact

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