All new-to-profession teachers are required by the Kansas State Department of Education to participate in an approved 2-year mentoring program. New-to-profession counselors, library media specialists and reading specialists are required to participate in an approved 1-year mentoring program.
Orion's KSDE-approved mentoring programs help support districts that do not have their own programs in place. The programs are a combination of face-to-face and virtual professional learning to support mentees and mentors.
Education Consultants at Orion can also serve as a mentor to a new teacher if a district is short on mentors.
Responsibilities of mentor’s include:
- Virtual training prior to the new teacher’s first contract day
- 2 full-day face-to-face workshops
- 1-hour meeting in the spring, either face-to-face or virtual
- Monthly 45-minute webinars
- Weekly meetings with new teacher
- Weekly mentor journal entries
- 3 new teacher observations
**Mentors have the opportunity to earn 3 graduate credits through Baker University
For questions regarding the mentoring program, please contact Shannon Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 316-992-7984.