Become a Teacher Mentor

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Deadline to apply is May 31, 2015

Aspire Institute Mentors are exceptional educators, retired or currently teaching, who join a peer learning community in order to provide personalized support to PreK-5th grade teachers in the Aspire Teacher Support Program.

We are seeking applicants who:

  • Have 5 or more years of classroom experience
  • Have demonstrated excellence in teaching and working with peers
  • Feel comfortable modeling or co-teaching lessons, videotaping observations, and assisting with lesson planning
  • Can travel to the Boston area for classroom observations and monthly meetings at Wheelock College with Aspire Institute staff

What are the responsibilities of an Aspire Institute Mentor?

1. Mentoring activities

Aspire Institute Mentors are transformative change agents who establish trusting, non-evaluative partnerships with teachers in the Aspire Teacher Support Project. Mentors support the teacher-mentees in analyzing and improving their teaching practices and effectiveness. When applying, prospective mentors can choose to participate in one of two programs based on their availability and experience:

  • Aspire Plus Program: The teacher-mentees in this program are PreK-2nd grade teachers. Mentors conduct two classroom observations per month for their mentee. Each observation should include a pre-conference and debrief afterward, both of which can be done in person or over the phone. This option requires about 4 hours of mentoring per month. In addition, mentors in this program are given an overview of the professional development modules that their mentee is enrolled in with the hope that they can provide some support to their mentee in this area as well.
  • Aspire Mentoring Program: The teacher-mentees in this program are PreK-5th grade teachers. Mentors conduct four classroom observations per month for their mentee. Each observation should include a pre-conference and debrief afterward, both of which can be done in person or over the phone. This option requires about 8 hours of mentoring per month.

Aspire Teacher Mentors2. Attend mandatory meetings
Mentors are required to attend monthly meetings with Aspire Institute staff to share best practices, strategize, and engage in seminars provided by staff or guest speakers. Mentors also attend three large gatherings of all participants in the Aspire Teacher Support Project (one being orientation) during the school year.

Mentors provide a critical support system to their mentees by helping teachers:

  • Better understand the content they teach
  • Create lessons that reach all learners
  • Reflect on their practice
  • Identify resources within their school and district
  • Avoid teacher isolation and establish a network for future sustainability

How are Mentors supported?

Aspire Institute Mentors become a strong community of peers dedicated to supporting the teacher-mentees. Once a month, Mentors come together at Wheelock College to share best practices, strategize, and engage in seminars about relevant topics in mentoring and education. In addition, Aspire can provide resources for mentors (when available) to share with their mentees. Mentors also receive:

  • A stipend of $1,200
  • A voucher to enroll for free in a Wheelock College graduate course
  • Access to Wheelock College events, guest speakers, theatre performances, and more
  • Membership in a community of lifelong learners and the opportunity to support the next generation of educators!

Prospective mentors go through an application process which begins in April 2015.

Step 1. Fill out online application—the Application will be available starting April 10, 2015. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2015.
Step 2. Aspire Institute staff will conduct interviews for applicants on a rolling basis from May to August.

Accepted applicants will be matched with a mentee during the summer and will attend an orientation in early September. The program will run for the 2015-16 school year (September-June).

Please note that upon approval from Wheelock College's Institutional Review Board, Aspire will seek to evaluate the impact of the TSP. In support of this evaluation, Aspire will ask participants to complete related data collection activities. Participation in any evaluation activities, however, is strictly voluntary and in no way will determine program eligibility or access to services and benefits. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact Mora Owens at mowens@wheelock.edu

For more information about the Aspire Teacher Support Project in general, visit wheelock.edu/teachersupport.

Have more questions? Contact Mora Owens at mowens@wheelock.edu

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