New statewide teacher mentoring program gets underway
Senate Bill 133, part of the 2016 education package, created a program to provide for the mentoring of first-year teachers in South Dakota school districts. A statewide program has been developed, and funding is also available for districts that wish to handle mentoring locally.
The statewide program provides a first-year teacher access to a mentor teacher for a period of two years and participation in a summer workshop following the first year of employment. This is an excellent opportunity for experienced South Dakota teachers (current and retired) to share their skills and help guide beginning teachers. In addition, through this program, South Dakota’s newest teachers will be supported and welcomed into the education community.
Requirements have also been established for districts that would like to receive funding to handle mentoring locally. Find more information, including applications for mentors and first-year teachers, at doe.sd.gov/mentoring.