South Dakota DOE Mentor Program
Overview

Who is ELIGIBLE to participate in the Mentoring Program?
  • 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
What is the DURATION of the mentor’s commitment to the program & new teacher?
  • A mentor will commit to work with a beginning teacher for a period of two years
What is REQUIRED of a mentor?
  • Must obtain administrative sign-off to participate in the program.  
  • Participate in SD Mentor Professional Learning Community:
    • Complete Mentor Seminar:
      • Mentor Seminars start in July. Dates/Times TBD.
    • Complete a Kick-off with your new teacher:
      • Kick-off start in July. Dates/Times TBD. 
  • Must provide 34 hours of mentoring - Minimum 18 hours of which must be face-to-face 
  • Must attend Summer Academy
    • June 1-2, 2021 in Sioux Falls
  • Maintain mentor log
THESE ACTIVITIES WILL BE REPEATED FOR YEAR 2


What is the COMPENSATION for mentoring a new teacher?
  • Stipend of $1,500 for completion of all mentor requirements ($1300 for any additional new teacher)
    • Stipend may be prorated for:
      • matches made/discontinued throughout the year 
      • failure to complete all mentor requirements
  • Mileage and hotel reimbursement to attend Summer Academy
  • Mileage reimbursement for face-to-face mentoring if traveling between towns
  • Upon completion of all requirements of the two year program, certified teachers will have met the credit requirements to renew their teacher certificate.  
Reimbursements and payments will go through the school district
To complete your application, you must upload an
Administrator sign-off form
signed by your principal and your business manager.   

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Administrator Sign-Off Form 

 

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* 1. Administrator Sign-Off Form upload (REQUIRED!  Please do not complete this application until this documentation is acquired for upload)

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* 2. Contact Information

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* 3. How many years have you been a mentor through the SD Mentoring Program?

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* 4. What grade span do (did) you teach?  Choose the one that best describes your teaching assignment.  This information will assist in assigning you a new teacher.

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* 6. How many years have you been in the teaching profession?

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* 7. If Retired, or not currently employed, list last years taught and where (if currently teaching enter N/A)

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* 8. If you are chosen as a mentor, what is the maximum number of teachers you would like to mentor?

Please answer each of the following questions completely.

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* 9. Why would you like to become a mentor?

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* 10. Briefly describe any mentoring training/experience you have had as an educator.

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* 11. What strengths do you have that would enable you to be a successful mentor?

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* 12. Please list some of the ways you keep current with best practices in education and/or your area of expertise (i.e. workshops, conference, professional reading, classes, etc.)

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* 13. Verification of agreement to terms of program

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