Mentor Training

Material used in this workshop was developed by Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Ph.D., Nick Sauers, Ph.D. and Cassandra Matthews, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Quality Partnership grant -

Please complete all 3 sections. Each section of the MentorModules workshop will take approximately 3-5 hours including readings to complete.

Some of the articles you see listed may not be available due to copyright issues or require a cost. You do not need to do those. Each section has at least 2 or more active links for articles. Do not be concerned about the required reading note if the article isn't free or available. Again, you only need to read what is readily available and free.

The Lackawanna Mentoring Agreement does not require you to do classroom observation as a mentor, however, the material in these modules can be a valuable resource to aid you in your role as a mentor.

Three modules

The modules were designed to emphasize the importance of learning among ALL students. Therefore, in addition to demonstrating how to build the mentor relationship, the modules cover topics such as how to help new teachers engage English learners and create lessons that are culturally responsive. The case studies show how mentors can help teachers get beyond stereotypes and surface-level observations and really look closely at children's learning in data-driven ways. Links to the modules and questions are below.

Each of the three modules is made up of three lessons that contain a myriad of multimedia resources. Each lesson will take approximately 1 - 1 ½ hours to complete (not counting readings).

Each lesson will include:

  • Lesson Objectives - be sure to read these carefully.

  • Real World Case - video scenarios were created to demonstrate typical issues a teacher mentor is likely to encounter.

  • Questions about the Case - we provide a series of questions after the videos to prompt thought and discussion.

  • Resources to Build Knowledge - articles, expert interviews, video demonstrations, and "Give it a Try" activities were created to help participants gain a deeper understanding of the lesson. Use what helps, leave what doesn't. There should be more than enough to choose from.

  • Reflect & Review - You cannot answer the questions in the module itself. You are only able to record answers to questions in the Required Questions section, not in the workshop area.

  • Reflections - Highlights of the lessons will help "stick" the big ideas of each lesson.

  • Required Questions - a separate link under the Module Links. These questions will help you to synthesize new understandings that you've gleaned from the case and the building knowledge resources. To qualify as a mentor and receive in-service credit you will need to complete the questions for each Module as linked below.

1a. Module 1: Building Trust

1b. Required Questions - Module 1: Building Trust

2a. Module 2: Responding to Diverse Learners

2b. Required Questions - Module 2: Responding to Diverse Learners

3a. Module 3: Enhancing Knowledge

3b. Required Questions - Module 3: Enhancing Mentor Knowledge

Once all your required questions have been received, you will be notified that you have completed the course and your name will be forwarded to the Mentoring Committee for consideration as a mentor.

If you have any questions, please contact the Teacher Center.