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Implementing a Mentorship Program to Sustain and Support Flexible Learning in SD71

Phase 1: Getting Started: Clear goals and


construction of knowledge base.
Implementing a successful mentorship
program will require an assessment of
district needs as well as clear program
goals.

Key Ideas for GETTING STARTED in a


Successful Mentorship Program
Year one:

Completing a needs assessment


at school and district levels

Determining goals of mentorship


program

Identifying process for selection of


mentors and mentees

Gaining involvement of key


stakeholders

Establishing supporting policies


and procedures

Ensuring effective mentor and


teacher matches

Using an online community of


collaboration to provide support
and resources for participants

Celebrate and acknowledge work


of program participants
Year two:

Continuing to provide support and


resources for participants.
Expanding the online community
to reach outside of district.

Designing and implementing


mentorship program evaluation

Celebrate and acknowledge work


of program participants

Phase 2: Evaluation of Program


Once the mentorship program is
underway evaluation and reflection
will aid in determining what parts
have been effective and what will
need to be revised.

Key Ideas for EVALUATION of a


Successful Mentorship Program
Year one:

Identification of goals and results


of the mentorship program

Gathering information from


participants through online
community.

Determining how we will know if


program goals have been met
what evidence is required.

Celebrate and acknowledge work


of program participants
Year two:

Evaluating the information that has


been gathered both formally and
informally.

Preparation and presentation of


results of findings

Using the findings to make


revisions to the program

Celebrate and acknowledge work


of program participants

Phase3: Sustaining and Supporting the


Program
In order to support and sustain a
mentorship program, there needs to
be an investment of resources and a
commitment to leadership.

Key Ideas for SUPPORTING and


SUSTAINING a successful Mentorship
Program
Year one:

Identifying persons responsible


for overseeing the Mentorship
Program and supporting them
adequately.

Celebrate and acknowledge


program participants
Year two:

Provide opportunities for


support, resources, learning for
all involved. Continue to keep
online community viable.

Establish an annual budget


amount for the program

Expand the group of mentees


available to work with teachers
requesting mentoring.

Share program results with all


stakeholders.

Celebrate and acknowledge


work of program participants.
Year three and beyond:

On-going implementation of
above activities

The overarching principle of this program is the concept that there is a distinct need for flexible learning options within our classrooms.
Mentorship will provide scaffolded support for teachers to implement technology supported flexible learning.

Adapted from the Michigan Department of Eduation: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-5683_5703-97354--,00.html


Marieke Holtkamp, 2014