Why is New Teacher Mentoring a priority for Wyoming Indian Schools?
Learning new curriculum, dealing with classroom management and discipline, integrating students with special needs, using technology, individualizing student programs, coordinating extracurricular activities and being accountable to the various stakeholders of education are just a few of the jobs teachers do. Many of these duties are difficult for the most experienced professional, so one wonders how beginning teachers survive, since they are expected, on their very first day of employment, to do the job of a seasoned veteran. FCSD 14, seeing a need to nurture the new generation of teachers, has put in place a formal mentorship program.
A buddy system is not enough to sustain a teacher new to the profesion or a seasoned teacher new to our district. It takes planned, ongoing, collaborative, and engaging conversations to provide the support and encouragement required for a successful start and finish to every school year. The overarching goal of the mentor program is to improve teaching – for both the Mentor and Mentee. Growing together in a trusting professional relationship of purpose benefits everyone involved.
Goals of the Mentor and Mentee Program