Welcome to the Blair Community School's Mentor Network!  

Purpose


The Blair Community Schools’ Mentor/Mentee Program is a program to help teachers, new to Blair Community Schools, transition effectively and grow professionally during the first year of teaching in the district.


“The purpose of the Blair Community Schools’ teacher assistance program named, “The Blair Community Schools’ Teacher Mentor Program”, is to facilitate the transition of experienced teachers and acclimate them to the Blair school district as well as providing additional support for teachers new to the profession. It is a differentiated program that is designed to meet the needs of all teachers who are new to BCS through the collaborative efforts of the school administrator, the mentor teacher, and the new staff member. It is the goal of the BCS Teacher Mentor Program to help all teachers acquire the knowledge of programs and processes specific to BCS and to support continued professional and dispositional growth to be a successful teacher.”


Goals


The four major goals of the Teacher Mentor Program are:


  1. To help facilitate a mentoring relationship between the new teacher and the mentor by:

    1. Selecting a well-matched mentor teacher for each new teacher

    2. Providing training and guidance for mentors

    3. Providing a guided plan for the roles of both the mentor and mentee


  1. To provide information and training on policies, programs, and procedures specific to the district and building by:

    1. Providing a web-based independent learning platform

    2. Differentiating to meet the individual professional needs of each teacher

    3. Providing a monthly outline of pertinent topics for mentor/mentee


  1. To support effective classroom instructional strategies by:

    1. Reinforcing the Marzano instructional framework

    2. Providing opportunities for ongoing professional development

    3. Reinforcing effective classroom management skills


  1. To build an awareness of professional expectations by:

    1. Developing professional competencies

    2. Defining community, district, and building expectations

    3. Defining new teacher expectations