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Mentors: SDCOE Teacher Induction program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Being a Mentor is a highly rewarding position. ​Not only do you have the opportunity to support another teacher throughout his/her first two years of the profession, you also receive training and experience that will make you an asset to your school community. SDCOE Teacher Induction provides training and ongoing support to ensure the best support is provided for both Teacher Candidates and Mentors. ​​SDCOE’s Teacher Induction​ Program is accredited through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. As accountability is high, the program relies heavily on mentors committed to both teacher and student success. Your role within our program is especially important to program candidates; with your support, teachers within the program will use the plan, teach/assess, reflect, apply cycle to become more reflective teachers, improve their practice and student learning. They will also earn a clear credential upon successful program completion.  ​

We ask that Mentors commit to the following:

  1. Participate in required two days of Mentor Skill Building​, SDCOE LMS training, document reviews, and other professional development activities as required. (See dates below)
  2. Develop a trusting, meaningful, non-evaluative and supportive relationship with the Teacher Candidate characterized by openness, sharing, confidentiality, and reflective conversations.
  3. Willingness and ability to be an excellent professional role model with effective interpersonal and communicative skills.
  4. Provide support for the Teacher Candidate that builds on pre-service education and classroom experiences, and leads to effective and reflective professional practice. (growth mindset)
  5. Knowledge of State Standards, English Language Learners, special education, and equity
  6. Assist and monitor the Teacher Candidate in completing action research, gathering evidence, and completing all program completion requirements to be submitted through SDCOE's LMS within the given timeline.
  7. Review Teacher Candidate work to ensure it is complete and meets requirements prior to the review and submission of work in SDCOE's LMS (Verification Meetings)
  8. Make contact with each assigned Teacher Candidate for approximately one hour each week of the school year to provide support in meeting program requirements and just in time needs of the candidate. This contact includes classroom observations, reflections, coaching conversations, action research support, evidence completion, email, phone calls and any other contact as needed to assist the participating teacher in successfully meeting program requirements.
  9. Communicate regularly with the District Lead should any questions or issues arise.
  10. Complete monthly logs as required by the program.​

​Requirements to be a Mentor:

  1. ​​​​A cleared California credential

  2. ​​​Three or more years of full-time teaching (not including student teaching)​

  3. Required Training​:​ Mentor training is required for all new Mentors, including Mentors who are new to the SDCOE Teacher Induction program. Mentor Skill Building is a two day commitment. If a Mentor cannot attend the two days of Mentor Skill Building, he/she may not be a Mentor. This commitment ensures Teacher Candidates will receive the appropriate level of support.​​

  4. A Mentor should not have a personal relationship with their Teacher Candidate (Personal relationship = family, close friends, spouse)

​​​If you are interested in serving as a Mentor, please contact your Teacher Induction Program Coordinator (District Lead) for an application form. Mentors are selected and assigned using a fair and timely process that considers pedagogical needs and local context. This process is monitored consistently.


Mentor Skill Building training, dates and locations below. Registration links will be provided once the Mentor registration is complete.

Session 1
Location: San Diego County Office of Education
                6401 Linda Vista Road 
                San Diego, CA 92111-7319

Date: August 28 & 29, 2019

Time: 8:30 - 3:00

Session 2
Location: North County Regional Education Center
                255 Pico Avenue
                San Marcos, CA 92069

Date: Sept. 18 & 19, 2019 

Time: 8:30 - 3:00
Session​ 3
Location: North County Regional Education Center
                255 Pico Avenue
                San Marcos, CA 92069

Date: October 3 & 4, 2019

Time: 8:30 - 3:00

​​​​• All day events

• Must attend both days, consecutively