South Dakota Mentor Program 

Who is ELIGIBLE to participate in the South Dakota Mentoring Program?
  • Must be a first year teacher employed by a South Dakota public school (or started teaching no sooner than January of 2021).

What is the DURATION of the New Teacher's commitment to the program?
  • New teachers agree to participate in the mentor program for a period of two years.

What is REQUIRED of a New Teacher?
  • Must obtain administrative sign-off to participate in the program
  • Must participate in a kick-off with assigned Mentor
    • More information will be emailed to you at a later date. 
  • Must participate in 34 hours of mentoring - Minimum 18 hours of which must be face-to-face 
  • Must attend Summer Academy 
    • June 1 & 2 (2022) in Sioux Falls

What is the COMPENSATION for a new teacher participating in the South Dakota Mentor Program?
  • Mileage and Hotel reimbursement to attend Summer Academy
  • Mileage reimbursement for face-to-face mentoring if traveling between towns
  • Upon completion of the requirements of the two-year program, certified teachers will have met the credit requirements to renew their teacher certificate.  
  • Participation in the mentor program and purchasing credit both years will satisfy the district mentoring requirements for CTE alternative certification teachers. 
  • Participation in the mentor program will satisfy the district mentoring requirements for alternative certification teachers. 
Reimbursements will go through the school districts. 

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)

DOCX, DOC, JPEG, GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG file types only.
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* 2. Contact Information

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* 3. This is my

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* 4. Type of Certificate

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* 6. I prefer

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* 7. What grade span do you teach?  Choose the one that best describes your teaching assignment.  This information will assist in assigning you a mentor.

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* 9. Verification of agreement to terms of program