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April 2020  

  Help shape the future of teaching: Become a mentor

The Statewide Mentoring Program provides a first-year teacher access to a mentor teacher for a period of two years and participation in a summer academy following the first and second year of employment.

Applications for the 2020-21 school year are now open.

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 are supported and welcomed into the education community.

Mentors and new teachers who complete the mentoring program meet the credit requirements to renew their teaching certificate.

Alternative Certification teachers are required to participate in a state-approved mentoring program. Those who are in the Statewide Mentoring Program meet this requirement.

Requirements have also been established for districts that would like to receive funding to handle mentoring locally.

Visit the Statewide Mentoring Program’s webpage to learn more and find the following:

  • Applications for new mentors and first-year teachers
  • Program information for second-year participants
Those who are already participating in the program are not required to complete a new application.

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