Louisiana Mentor Teachers

Mentor Teachers are local educators who have the knowledge and skills to effectively coach and support new and resident teachers in their district.

The Mentor Teacher role is also an important step in the leadership pipeline for talented local educators.

Leadership Pipeline


Background

Mentor Teacher Background

Starting in July 2018, all teacher preparation programs in Louisiana will include a yearlong classroom residency alongside an experienced mentor teacher, and all preparation programs will include a competency-based curriculum that will provide teacher candidates with the knowledge and skills needed in order to be prepared for their first day of teaching.

In order to ensure that there is a robust pool of effective mentors, Louisiana will establish a cohort of at least 2,500 trained mentors over the next three years. These mentors will be equipped to support yearlong residents and other new or developing teachers.


What is a Mentor Teacher?

A mentor teacher is a classroom teacher who supports:

  • Aspiring teachers participating in yearlong residencies

  • New teachers

  • More experienced teachers who are in need of support

Mentors may co-teach with year long undergraduate or post-baccalaureate residents or may support teachers without co-teaching.


What is mentor teacher training?

In order to build a cadre of high-quality mentor teachers across the state, the Department is offering statewide mentor training beginning in late fall 2017. In 2017-2018, 475 mentor teachers were selected by school systems for training. An additional 1,000 mentors will be recruited and trained in 2018-2019 and also in 2019-2020.Through an RFP process, the Department has partnered with with The Dana Center, housed at the University of Texas at Austin, and Learning Forward, a non-profit organization, to design and deliver mentor training.


What will mentors be able to do by the end of training?


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Build strong relationships with their resident and new and developing teachers


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Identify and address the needs of residents and new and developing teachers based on teacher preparation competencies


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Deliver resources and coaching for resident and new and developing teachers to help them improve


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Track resident/new/developing teacher progress and facilitate resident/new/developing teacher self-reflection and improvement


Visit the Mentor Teacher library to access all Mentor Teacher materials.

Mentor Teacher training and Content Leader training will create opportunities for educators across the state to develop the skills and knowledge needed to better support other educators. Visit the Content Leader page for additional information about Content Leaders and their training.


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If so, please contact BelieveandPrepare@la.gov.