Kansas Mentoring Center

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Partnering to Improve Learning

Wichita State University and Kansas State Department of Education have initiated the process of developing a Mentoring Center to support beginning teachers in the state of Kansas. This program is designed to reach new educators through its focus on new hires, college to classroom teachers, and both peer and mentor support. The New Teacher Center program model is being piloted in five school districts in the state of Kansas including: Wichita USD 259, Augusta USD 402, Newton USD 373, Olathe USD 252, and Blue Valley USD 228. The center will focus on training faculty, mentor teachers and cooperating teachers in the areas of consulting, collaboration, coaching and observation in an effort to support and foster growth and build strong teachers and leaders.

Mentoring Center Goals

Partner with KSDE to:
• Train faculty in mentoring strategies to work with cooperating teachers
• Train cooperating teachers in mentoring strategies to work with student teachers
• Train veteran teacher in mentoring strategies to work with new teachers
• Train teacher leaders to be instructional mentors/coaches
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Focus Areas:
Context and Structure for Effective Mentoring
• Time for mentoring
• Recruitment of mentors
• Program guidelines
• Skills and knowledge for mentoring
• Teacher placement

Selecting, Training and Supporting
• Mentor selection process
• Mentor training and support
• Mentor matching

Mentor Program Content and Evaluation
• Repertoire of skills
• Tools for improving instruction
• Conversation tools
• Evaluation tools