It is the mission of the Fredericksburg City School Division Mentoring Program to provide information, support, and encouragement for the success of educators.
Mentor programs help beginning teachers make a successful transition into teaching by relying on the expertise of veterans to provide a clinical, real-world training process. Districts that provide effective support attract the most capable candidates who remain on the job and improve student performance.
New teachers who are mentored receive higher ratings from their principals, develop better planning skills, handle discipline problems more effectively, conduct more productive classroom discussion, and remain in classrooms longer than teachers who are simply left to “sink or swim.”
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a sustained relationship based upon encouragement, constructive conversation, openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to learn and share.
- To develop and retain highly effective teachers
- To improve teachers’ skills and performance
- To support teacher morale, communications, and collegiality
- To build a sense of professionalism and a positive attitude
- To facilitate a seamless transition into the first year in the district
- To put theory into practice
- To prevent teacher isolation
- To build self-reflection
- To increase student performance
- Retain quality teachers
- Improve teacher performance
- Support teacher morale, communication, and collegiality
- Facilitate a seamless transition into the first year of teaching in the division
Mentor Handbook 2019-20
Mentee Handbook 2019-20