COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 103
May 13, 2005
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Mentor Teacher Institute
The Office of Teacher Quality Enhancement in the Division of Teacher Education and Professional Licensure is pleased to host a mentor teacher institute on June 2224, 2005, which will be funded by Virginias Teacher Quality Enhancement grant. The institute will be held at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center, 425 Water Street, Portsmouth, Virginia. The purposes of the institute are to provide information on how to structure an effective mentor program, to provide mentor training, and evaluate the impact of mentor programs.
There are currently three funding sources for mentor teacher programs in Virginia. These sources include the additional state funding for schools designated as hard-to-staff, mentor teacher and clinical faculty programs, and Virginias Teacher Quality Enhancement grant. Each division is encouraged to send a mentor program administrator or other key program leader, a principal, and a mentor teacher to this mentor institute.
The two and a half-day institute will feature mentor training in selected modules by representatives of the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project, Educational Testing Service (ETS) Pathwise, and Fairfax County Great Beginnings Teacher Induction Program. This training will include the essential components of effective mentor training and will be aligned with the Virginia Requirements of Quality and Effectiveness for Beginning Teacher Mentor Programs in Hard-To-Staff Schools.
Another feature of the mentor institute will be to assemble focus groups made up of mentor program administrators, principals, mentors, and mentees on Wednesday, June 22, 2005. The focus groups will examine and respond to draft evaluation survey instruments designed to determine the effectiveness of mentor teacher programs. Facilitators will consider the responses from each of the focus groups and synthesize the information.
On Thursday, June 23, 2005, training sessions designed specifically for school leaders, mentor program administrators, and principals will be offered. This training will provide guidance in designing, organizing, and developing a framework for implementing effective mentor teacher programs. There will also be sessions to explore ways in which school division staff members, principals, and other professional colleagues of new teachers can play a significant role in the induction process.
On Friday morning, June 24, 2005, during a special session on the evaluation of mentor programs, the recommendations and reactions of the focus groups will be presented to program administrators, schools leaders, mentor teacher program directors and principals for discussion.
Institution Registration (by June 10, 2005)
Each divisions participant should complete the attached registration form and return it by Friday, June 10, 2005. There is no registration fee for the institute. Mentors should plan to attend the entire two and a half-day event beginning Wednesday, June 22, 2005, following lunch at 12:00 noon and ending on Friday, June 24, 2005, at 2 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided daily. Registration will be accepted on a first come first serve basis until we reach the capacity of 300 participants.
Hotel Reservations (By June 3, 2005)
Participants should call the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel at 888-839-1775 by June 3, 2005, and reference the Mentor Teacher Institute to make lodging reservations. After that date, the block of rooms reserved at the state rate of $123 per night will be released. Participants will be reimbursed for their lodging, meals, and travel expenses in accordance with state travel regulations.
If you need additional information, please contact Susan M. Trulove (firstname.lastname@example.org), associate director, Office of Teacher Quality Enhancement, at