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Welcome to The Oregon Beginning Teacher and Administrator Mentorship Program

The Oregon Beginning Teacher and Administrator Mentorship Program was established in 2007 through the passage of HB 2574. In 2013, the Oregon Legislature increased funding for the Oregon Mentorship Program through The Network for Quality Teaching and Learning (HB 3233). The grant program is designed to support evidence-based mentorship programs for beginning teachers and administrators. 

The Oregon Mentoring Program has a mailing list!

This listserv will provide information on upcoming workshops, grant opportunities, latest research and frequently asked questions. To subscribe to the mailing list complete the process at http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/mailman/listinfo/oregon_mentoring_program

Legislation

 In 2007, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 2574 authorizing the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to establish a beginning teacher and administrator mentoring program. The Oregon Mentoring Project was started to provide support to beginning teachers, principals, and superintendents. In 2013, under the leadership of Governor John Kitzhaber, the Network of Quality Teaching and Learning was established. The Network provides funding for a comprehensive system of support for educators that creates a culture of leadership, professionalism, continuous improvement and excellence for teachers and leaders across the P-20 system. The Oregon Mentoring Program is an important component of this work. It is designed to support activities related to an evidence-based mentorship program for beginning teachers and administrators. The grants fund individual school districts or consortia comprised of school districts, ESDs, and universities. Grant-in-Aid has been allocated yearly beginning in 2008. 

This link provides the most recent Statutes regarding the mentoring program. Please reference ORS 329.788, 329.790, 329.795, 329.800, 329.805, 329.810, 329.815, 329.820 for laws specific to the mentoring program.

This link provides the most recent Administrative rules regarding the mentoring program. Please reference OARs 581-018-0130 through 581-018-0151 for rules specific to the mentoring program.

Grant Announcements and Applications

The Oregon Beginning Teacher and Administrator Mentorship Program was established in 2007 through the passage of HB 2574. In 2015 the Oregon Legislature continued funding for the Oregon Mentorship Program through The Network for Quality Teaching and Learning (HB 3233). The grant program is designed to support evidence-based mentorship programs for beginning teachers and administrators. 

2017-19 Oregon Mentoring Grant Now Posted!

Oregon Beginning Teacher and Beginning Administrator Mentoring grant for the 2017-19 biennium is now posted. Click the following links to access the Request For Application.  Information includes important dates, application materials, grant requirements and scoring rubric. 


A Mentoring Grant Application Webinar was held on July 20, 2017 – 3:00-4:00 – this webinar provided information on the  Application and Submission Information. The PowerPoint for this webinar is now available.

Grant applications must be received electronically by 12:00 PM on August 8, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact: Tanya Frisendahl at (503)947-5754; or Sheli Dumas at (503)947-5765 

The Self-Appraisal Tool can be used to self-evaluate mentoring projects based on the Oregon Mentoring Program Standards. The tool identifies strengths and weaknesses in current or proposed mentoring projects. Highlighted strengths and how gaps will be addressed can be included in the Mentoring grant application.

This list contains the grant recipients and excerpts from the 2015-16 original grat application: Project Design, Goals, & Action Plan, and the project director's contact information.


Oregon Mentoring Program Standards 

At the August 2014, State Board of Education Meeting, the Oregon Mentoring Program Standards were adopted! Mentoring Program Standards describe the structures and functions, processes, and effective practices necessary for a quality program. Effective mentoring is foundational to a quality program. An essential element of a mentoring program is a professional mentor who understands and utilizes the skills, strategies and tools necessary for the continuous development of teachers and administrators. 

Oregon Mentor Models Analysis Tool

The Oregon Mentor Models Analysis Tool is designed to highlight the benefits and challenges of each of the models. The model(s) that best fits the needs, capacity, resources, goals and vision of the project will be identified.

Oregon Mentoring Program Foundational Standards Protocol Process

The Oregon Mentoring Program Foundational Standards Protocol is used when a district leadership team is developing or reflecting on their current mentoring project both as:
  • a pre-assessment for mentoring project staff, and 
  • talking-points during a review of the completed Program Foundational Standards Protocol with district leadership team. 

Mentoring Impact Information

Videos

Students in Oregon deserve absolutely the best principals and teachers we can give them. The Oregon Mentoring Program can help make that happen. Fifty percent of beginning teachers leave the profession in their first five years. The Oregon Mentoring Program can change that. Teachers who have been mentored have greater gains in student achievement than teachers who have not been mentored. For the sake of the students, Mentoring Works! 

Fast Facts
Mentoring Fast Facts are based on data collected, summarized, and analyzed from various data sources including Oregon Department of Education data collections and annual surveys sent to the six groups involved with the school district mentoring programs. If you would like more information, please contact us.

Briefs
Evaluation of the ODE Mentoring Program is to determine its effectiveness in improving teaching practices to improve student learning. This page contains evaluation information, reports and Mentoring Program Briefs.

Newsletters


Mentoring Network Meeting Information

Oregon Mentoring Network Meetings occur quarterly and dates for the current year are listed on this page. The project director from each project is required to attend the entire meeting. A representative from each participating district within each project/consortium is also strongly encouraged to attend. 

The Network meetings are open to the public. The Oregon Public Meetings Law guarantees the public the right to view government meetings, but not necessarily to speak at them. Governing bodies set their own rules for citizen participation and public comment.

Mentoring Data Reports and Surveys

This page contains surveys and data collected from the mentoring projects.

Mentoring Professional Learning Opportunities

This page will be updated as opportunities are scheduled.


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