Application for Teacher Mentor Training Program: A train-the-trainer event
Timeline for applications and selection of participants:
*Applications open: May 13, 2019
*Application deadline: June 21, 2019
*Notification of acceptance: July 8, 2019
*Training Program: August 6 & 7, 2019 (8a.m. - 4 p.m. each day)

TRAINING PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE:
To assist schools and school districts with implementing the new MN Statute Mentorship Program Rule 8710.0310, the Professional Educators and Licensing Standards Board (PELSB) is offering a two-day Train-the-trainer Teacher Mentorship Training program (“Training Program”). This train-the-trainer program is designed for educators who will be responsible for developing and implementing a teacher mentorship program in their school or district.

The following application will be used to identify up to 30 current teacher mentors for the two-day Training Program.

By the end of the two-day Training Program selected participants will:
- know the MN Statute Mentorship Program Requirements.
- know key factors for an effective and positive mentor/mentee relationship.
- learn approaches to mentoring and coaching strategies.
- learn how to use data for teaching and learning and developing data-driven conversations.
- learn how to identify teachers who would be effective mentors.
- gain experience developing plans for implementing a mentorship program.
- learn about resources and support available to them as mentor trainers.
- learn how to navigate peer-to-peer conversations where actual or perceived power differentials may exist due to position/role, seniority, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ identity, or other factors.

Frequently Asked Questions (see https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wlMCnGgvbewx6MJot9eTYHWBlNk_D1ctRv3VSxOgHck/edit?usp=sharing)

Who should apply:
- Required experience: Any current Tier 3 or Tier 4, or Standard licensed teacher, who is not currently on an improvement
plan, with at least 5 years of experience in classroom instruction.
- Preferred experience: Teachers with past experience as a mentor or coach for adults or leadership role within the school
building or district.

What is a Tier 3 or Tier 4 licensure:
For detailed information on the new Minnesota Tiered Licensure please review the following infographic from Education Minnesota - http://www.educationminnesota.org/EDMN/media/edmn-files/resources/TieredLicensure_Infographicpdf.pdf

How will participants be selected:
All applications will be reviewed for level of teaching and mentorship experience and geographic location. To further help create an inclusive and diverse group of participants for the Training Program the application asks voluntary demographic questions on race/ethnicity and LGBTQ identity. All individual responses to the voluntary demographic questions will be confidential and the data only available to NARA staff for the purposes of reviewing applications. Any demographic data shared with PELSB will be at de-identified and aggregate level only for the purposes of reporting the diversity of the applicant pool.

When are applications due: Friday, June 21, 2019

When will applicants know if they have been accepted into the training program:
All applicants will be notified by Monday, July 8 if they have been accepted into the Training Program.

Who pays for the training:
PELSB will pay participants a small stipend for participating, and will also provide or reimburse participants for travel expenses (hotel, meals and mileage reimbursement).

If you have additional questions about the Training Program or the application process, please see our Frequently Asked Questions at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wlMCnGgvbewx6MJot9eTYHWBlNk_D1ctRv3VSxOgHck/edit?usp=sharing, or email:
Jessie Saul, PhD
President & CEO
NARA, Inc.
jessie.saul@narainc.net

Name *
Email address (please provide an email address you will be checking/have access to during the summer months). *
Phone number *
Name of the school where you teach *
Name of school district
Please describe the demographics of the student population you serve. *
How many years have you been teaching? *
What Minnesota teaching license(s) do you currently hold? *
How many years have you been mentor? *
What training have you received as a teacher mentor? *
Mentoring involves several key competencies and skills. Please describe your personal strengths and opportunities for growth with respect to "developing relationships & trust." Note: There is a 500 character limit for your response. *
Mentoring involves several key competencies and skills. Please describe your personal strengths and opportunities for growth with respect to "facilitating & coaching adult learners in a peer-to-peer setting." Note: There is a 500 character limit for your response. *
Mentoring involves several key competencies and skills. Please describe your personal strengths and opportunities for growth in "using data to achieve equity." Note: There is a 500 character limit for your response. *
Optional Question: To ensure we have an inclusive and diverse group of participants please indicate your race and ethnicity (All individual responses will be kept confidential). If you prefer not to indicate your race and ethnicity please respond "n/a" or you may choose to skip the question.
Optional Question: To help ensure we have an inclusive and diverse group of participants we are asking if you identify with the LGBTQ community? (All individual responses will be kept confidential). You may choose to skip this question.
Please list a reference who can speak to your abilities as a teacher and a mentor. The reference could be your school or district administrator or a colleague. Please provide the name, title, phone and email address for your reference below. *
I understand that by submitting this application I am not guaranteed acceptance into the Teacher Mentorship Training Course. *
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