|Urbana School District New Teacher Mentoring Program|
Urbana School District's New Teacher Mentoring Program connects experienced teachers with beginning teachers. These experienced teachers have demonstrated a commitment to professional development, have at least five years experience teaching in Urbana School District with positive performance ratings, and have received Induction for the 21st Century Educator training.
Since this is an ISBE-approved mentoring program, and it includes mentor observations of the new teachers, new teachers who have Initial Certificates may use two years of this program to move to their Standard Certificates.
New teacher observations by a mentor are done a minimum of three times per year, and include a pre-observation conference and a post-observation conference. These conferences and the observations are private - the conversations and data taken remain between the mentor and protege only, and are non-evaluative in nature. During the school year, mentors and proteges will also share a written feedback log. At least once each quarter, mentors and proteges will use this log to pose questions and reflect on their practice in writing.
Other mentoring activities include: