Educator Mentoring Program
the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education First Year teaching? Request a Mentor
Mentors, “Building a network of support”
Missouri Arts Educator Mentoring Program coordinated by the MAAE is designed to
provide assistance to first year teachers serving in areas where a lack of
equity creates significant challenges for beginning teachers. The program may be expanded to include ALL
first year fine arts teachers in the state, and in subsequent years extended to
include the second year of teaching service if adequate funding sources can be
found. The program will be offered to school districts at no charge. It is NOT intended to replace any existing
mentoring programs, but to work with the arts education organizations and
existing mentoring programs to coordinate and unify the mentoring process for fine
arts educators in Missouri.
GOAL: To increase retention of arts specialists and improve the quality of education provided by first year teachers in the field.
STRUCTURE: Three levels of support: 1 on 1, Peer Group, Statewide Events
Mentors (1 on 1): First year
teachers will be provided a trained mentor with extensive teaching experience. Mentors will work with the first year teacher
utilizing skype (and other technologies), face-to-face visit(s) (depending on
funding), and the fall mentoring conference. Mentors will be recommended by affiliate organization mentoring chairs/ leadership
and will be trained.
Consortium(Peer Group): Small (4-6 member) regional peer support groups made
up of first year teachers, a mentor, and teachers with 3 or more years of experience
in the field.
Conference (Statewide event): Statewide
conference scheduled in the fall (ideally October) to include all participants
in the Missouri Arts Educator Mentoring Program.
Organization (state level conferences): School districts
with teachers in the mentoring program must allow them professional development
release time and resources to attend the fall mentoring conference as well as state
level conferences of the appropriate arts education organization.
MAAE will work with Arts Education Organizations to coordinate
training and assignment of mentors, creation of local consortia, fall
mentoring conference, finances (identifying and securing program funding, possible
compensation of mentors, and program administration), identification of first
year teachers, and cooperation of school districts/administrators.
Arts Educations Organizations: Each Arts Educator Organization
participating in the program will provide a mentoring chair to blend existing mentoring programs with the
new initiatives of the Missouri Arts Educator Mentoring Program, and assist in
the identification of experienced educators willing and qualified to serve as
mentors. They will also assist in the identification of teachers in the field
willing to participate in local consortia and assist in identifying districts
with first year teachers.
DISTRICTS: Each local
district and building administration will need to sign an agreement for the
first year teacher to participate in the Missouri Arts Educator Mentoring
Program and be assigned a mentor.
Districts will also agree to allow Professional Development release time
to their first year teacher to attend the Fall Mentoring Conference AND the
appropriate arts educator organizations state level annual conference(s).