From the perspective of a supplemental or day school, a mentor or mentor teacher is the professional at the school who helps develop the Judaic knowledge, instructional, and classroom management repertoire of the pre-service and in-service teacher/s within the school community.
Mentor teachers help develop the pre-service and in-service instructional staff through a number of informal and formal structures including:
*Novice or beginning teacher selects a veteran teacher to be his/her mentor.
*Principal or school director assigns a mentor to a novice or beginning teacher.
*Principal or school director assigns a veteran teacher to mentor a cadre of mentees.
*Veteran teacher chooses to mentor a mentee or cadre of mentees.
*Principal or school director matches a novice teacher with a mentor teacher who meet or contact each other regularly throughout the school year.
*Principal or school director identifies a veteran teacher to mentor a cadre of mentees. The cadre of mentees meets in person or via a list serv (i.e. email communication) on a regular basis throughout the school year.
*Principal or school director identifies an expert teacher who mentors a cadre of mentees full time throughout the year.
*The central agency or board of Jewish education assigns an expert teacher to mentor a cadre of mentees full time within a school or network of schools throughout the year.
In tomorrow's blog post we will discuss these questions: What is a Mentee?
What are the Roles the Mentor Teacher Assumes in Helping the Mentee?