For the purposes of this program, a mentor is a fellow educator chosen by the participating teacher during the application process. The mentor works in conjunction with the Instructional Consultant to provide support for the teacher throughout the program. The mentor receives 20 Professional Development Points (PDPs) when the teacher successfully completes the program.
A potential mentor must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Initial or Professional teaching license in Massachusetts;
- High-quality standing within the district, including the support of the teacher's principal; and
- Commitment to fulfilling all Mentor Responsibilities as outlined below.
All mentors are required to fulfill the following responsibilities while participating in PRPIL:
- Provide general support to the teacher, including guidance and feedback as needed
- Participate in all 3-Way meetings
- Conduct 2 unannounced observations including verbal and written feedback
- Work with the Instructional Consultant to agree upon formative and summative ratings
- Sign all required paperwork at the end of the program, assuming all parties agree that the enrolled teacher should be endorsed for Initial licensure