Mentor Qualifications

  • SPPS Minimum Mentor Qualifications

    • Tenured in Saint Paul Public Schools and no improvement plan within the last 3 years
    • Principal recommendation
    • Available to provide mentoring support outside of the contracted school day
    • Experience with grade level or content/professional area of the mentee
    • Commitment to racial and gender equity development
    • Knowledge of content/professional best practices and district initiatives
    • Ability to positively build relationships with others
    • Experience with adult learners
    • Effective communicator
    • Experience with collecting and analyzing data and modifying practices to meet the needs of all students


    Mentor Selection Criteria

    Personal and Professional Dispositions

    • Demonstrates commitment to own professional growth and learning
    • Eager to support a new colleague
    • Communicates openly, honestly, and sensitively with students, staff, and families
    • Encourages and nurtures an appreciation of diversity
    • Is friendly, approachable, and accessible
    • Is enthusiastic and optimistic
    • Is dependable and trustworthy
    • Demonstrates a patient, helpful, and caring attitude
    • Models reflective practices

    Mentoring Knowledge and Skills

    • Understands adult learning theory and development of professional practices
    • Knows how to analyze practices based on criteria of professional standards
    • Understands the reciprocal relationships among educational theory, research, and practices
    • Uses an inquiry approach for problem solving
    • Uses a continuous improvement, professional growth model

    Instructional/Professional Skills

    • Demonstrates solid content/professional knowledge
    • Considers diverse learner needs to personalize and differentiate practices to promote achievement for all learners
    • Creates and manages a productive learning environment
    • Demonstrates a broad repertoire of instructional/professional practices
    • Assesses learning and modifies practices to meet learner needs

    Adapted from MN Induction Guidelines Teacher Support Partnership (TSP)