Mentor Program

pd11The goal of the Mentor Program is to provide each new hire consistent, ongoing support
during their first year of employment in Arlington Public Schools. After completion of formal training, Mentors assist new hires in the areas of acculturation, school specific procedures and policies, Best Instructional Practices and observation/feedback.

Mentor Preferred Qualifications

A school-based Mentor

  • Can maintain confidentiality
  • Has the time to be a Mentor
  • Has three years of successful teaching experience in APS
  • Works in close proximity, shares a common planning period or is currently working at the same grade level/subject area as the mentee
  • Has personal and professional strengths which address the needs of the mentee

Please note:
Building administrators are responsible for matching mentors dependent on the needs of the new hires in that building. Please discuss your desire to mentor with your building administrator. Only those who have been officially assigned to mentor will be eligible to participate in the training.

Mentor Roles and Responsibilities

Mentor Responsibilities – first year teacher.
Mentor Responsibilities – Experienced new hire
It is the expectation that, once assigned, Mentor/Peer Coaches in Arlington Public Schools will:

  • Complete  two-half day mentor training sessions (open only to those who have been officially assigned to mentor for the current school year).
  • Provide a communication link between new teachers and the Teacher Specialist:
    • Submit monthly mentor journals the last day of each month
    • Complete, sign and submit a copy of the Mentoring Partnership Agreement
    • Submit observation paperwork to include: substitute request, if applicable, pre-conference and reflection conference
  • Support new hires’ understanding of Best Instructional Practices:
    • Model lessons of Best Instructional Practices in teaching
    • Provide regular feedback by conducting one observation cycle within the first nine weeks of school
  • Maintain the Mentoring Partnership Agreement:
    • Maintain confidentiality of the relationship
    • Meet regularly, as scheduled, throughout the mentorship assignment
    • Share challenges faced and strategies used
    • Focus on goals that promote professional growth

Mentor Benefits

School-based mentors who mentor a new hire with zero years experience will:

  • Receive a stipend of $2,010 per full school year, or $1,005 per school year, if sharingthe mentee with another mentor
  • Receive $17.40 per/hr for attending the training sessions after school
  • Have available up to two substitute days to observe, provide feedback and/or meet with mentee. These may be used as full or half-day sessions
  • Receive 90 recertification points per full school year as stated in the Virginia Recertification Manual (option 8, pg. 16, July ’90)

School-based mentors who mentor a new hire with one or more years experience will:

  • Receive 45 recertification points for a half year of mentoring
  • Receive $17.40 per/hr for attending training sessions after school
  • Have available up to one substitute day to observe, provide feedback and/or meet with your mentee.

Mentor Training

Once mentors have been assigned, they will be contacted about the training schedule prior to the start of the school year. The first training session will begin in September. Subsequent training will occur in October.