South Dakota DOE Mentor Program

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:
    • Face-to-face SD Mentoring Seminar
      • July 17 or 18 - Sioux Falls; or  
      • July 19 - Aberdeen; or
      • July 20 - Rapid City
    • Series of three online webinars (times and dates tbd)
  •  Participate in one kick-off day with assigned new teacher.
    • August 2  - Rapid City; or
    • August 2 or 3 - Sioux Falls; or
    • August 2         - Brookings; or
    • August 3         - Pierre; or
    • September 15 - Rapid City; or
    • September 15 - Sioux Falls
  • Provide 34 hours of mentoring - Minimum 18 hours of which must be face-to-face 
  • Attend Summer Academy
    • June 4 & 5 (2018) in Sioux Falls
  • Maintain mentor log
What is the COMPENSATION for mentoring a new teacher?
  • Stipend of $1,350 for completion of all mentor requirements 
    • Stipend may be prorated for:
      • matches made/discontinued throughout the year 
      • failure to complete all mentor requirements
  • Meals, mileage, and hotel reimbursement to attend Mentor Seminar
  • Meals and mileage reimbursement to attend Kick-Off
  • Mileage and hotel reimbursement to attend Summer Academy
  • Mileage reimbursement for face-to-face mentoring if traveling between towns
  • Upon completion of the two year program, certified teachers will have met the requirements to renew their certificate.  
  • DOE will require a completed W-9 form and License Plate # for reimbursement

Substitute Reimbursement
  • Kick-Off - If attending September 15th.
  • Districts will receive up to $100 substitute reimbursement per mentor
  • Mentoring - A $500 substitute reimbursement for mentoring time will be shared between the new teacher district and the assigned mentor district dependent on need.

* 1. Contact Information

* 2. 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.

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

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

* 6. 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.

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

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

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

* 10. 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.)

* 11. Mentor Training Dates

If you are chosen as a mentor, you will be required to participate in the SD Mentor Professional Learning Community as outlined above. Please choose which training you would prefer to attend.


If chosen, you will be required to attend ONE of the following kick-off events with your assigned teacher:

  • August 2 or 3 - Rapid City; or
  • August 2 or 3 - Sioux Falls; or
  • August 2        - Brookings; or
  • August 3        - Pierre; or
  • September 15 - Rapid City; or
  • September 15 - Sioux Falls

If chosen, you will be required to attend the following summer academy
  • June 4 & 5 (2018) in Sioux Falls

note: the access code to sign up for a seminar or a kick-off is "mentor4life"

* 12. Verification of agreement to terms of program

To complete your application, your principal will need to download and complete the administrator sign-off form and submit it to DOE. 

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Administrator Sign-Off Form 

Suggestion: Download and email the form to your administrator for