Mentor Goal: Excellence in everything that we do and to help each other achieve more.
We would like to create a mentoring culture in Horry County Schools. In order to realize greater effectiveness and success and to ensure that students receive the quality school experiences that they deserve, we strive to provide mentor support for our professional staff according to the state guidelines. We will strive to inform, encourage and support beginning teachers for the purpose of improving the quality of teaching in our district, raising the level of student achievement and reducing the rate of attrition among our newest teachers. We are dedicated to developing, implementing and sustaining programs that support the needs of beginning teachers and their continued professional growth. Our goal is to provide strategic and intensive support for all new teachers in a new position in this county.
The Role of the Lead Mentor:
Expectations for a Lead Mentor:
- To serve as a liaison between your school and the Mentor Coordinator.
- Attend monthly meetings.
- To help scaffold support to the mentors and induction teachers in your building.
- Complete monthly activity Logs.
- To help ensure that the integrity of the program is maintained by helping the mentors with information and modeling the use of the mentor tools.
- Meet at least monthly with the mentors of induction teachers in your building (keep summaries of the meetings and attendance).
- To work in conjunction with the school curriculum coordinator and the administration to provide adequate time and support to mentors and induction teachers for collaboration and observations.
- Coordinate with Curriculum Coaches, administrators and mentors to provide strategic support to the teacher through specific professional development activities.
- To help to assess and refine the support for teachers in their induction year in Horry County Schools.
- Remind mentors and induction teachers of upcoming events.
- Help Curriculum Coaches to provide support to PACE teachers and annual teachers who may be struggling.
- Participate in any advanced training that may be available to you through the district.
- Complete surveys and /or participate in the completion of any “return on investment” activities that may be used to evaluate the program.