Mentor Program

Mission Statement:
The purpose of the Mentor Program is to provide professional peer support for teachers new to the Needham Public Schools consistent with the vision: a community and school partnership that creates excited learners, demands excellence, fosters integrity.

Goals:
  • To assist in the management of common challenges (e.g. discipline, classroom management, instruction, interaction with parents, addressing student needs)
  • To enhance teachers’ personal and professional development, enabling them to improve instructional practice
  • To engender a climate of collegiality
  • To offer opportunities for teachers to analyze and reflect upon their teaching
  • To model effective teaching practices
  • To retain highly qualified teachers
  • To integrate teachers into the culture and climate of the school, the district and the community

Mentor Requirements
All mentors must agree to the following:
  • Meet with your Mentee prior to the start of the school year
  • Attend 3 district mentor meetings throughout the school year
  • Meet regularly with your mentee throughout the school year (September-June)
  • Complete Mentee Needs Assessment with your mentee (September/October)
  • Complete Action Plan with your mentee (October)
  • Complete Mentor Year-End Reflection (May)
Maureen Trowbridge, District Mentor Coordinator maureen_trowbridge@needham.k12.ma.us
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