Mentoring is a key component of the Springfield Induction and Mentoring Program; enhancing instruction to improve student achievement is the goal. To accomplish this, a team of 6 trained full release District Mentors assist new teachers in problem solving issues around classroom management, instructional practice, analysis of student work, goal setting, and collaborative conversations with colleagues.
New teachers meet with their assigned mentor on a weekly basis to discuss what is going well, identify what current issues or challenges they are facing and to problem solve next steps.
In addition to weekly meetings with their District Mentors, new teachers have the opportunity to participate in monthly professional development seminars with new teachers throughout the district. This is a time for new teachers to share their own expertise, ask questions and learn from each other. Topics for the seminars are based on the identified needs of the new teachers and have included issues around classroom management, small group instruction, and assessment.