USBE Rule 277-522-3 states that Level 1 teachers will collaborate with an assigned mentor.
- A mentor will be assigned to each Level 1 teacher in the first semester of teaching:
- The beginning teacher shall be assigned a trained mentor teacher by the principal to supervise and act as a resource for the entry-level teacher.
- The mentor teacher shall teach in the same school, and where feasible, in the same subject area as the Level 1 teacher.
- Qualifications of a mentor:
- A mentor shall hold a Utah Professional Educator's Level 2 or 3 license
- A mentor shall have completed a mentor training program including continuing professional development.
- A mentor shall:
- guide Level 1 teachers to meet the procedural demands of the school and school district;
- provide moral and emotional support;
- arrange for opportunities for the Level 1 teacher to observe teachers who use various models of teaching;
- share personal knowledge and expertise about new materials, planning strategies, curriculum development and teaching methods;
- assist the Level 1 teacher with classroom management and discipline;
- support Level 1 teachers on an ongoing basis
- help Level 1 teachers understand the implications of student diversity for teaching and learning;
- engage the Level 1 teacher in self-assessment and reflection; and
- assist with the development of Level 1 teacher's portfolio.
Jordan School District, in a desire to facilitate the professional growth, enculturation, and retention of its new teachers and to comply with Utah law, has a Mentor Teacher Program that requires school principals to assign their provisional teachers a trained mentor. A provisional teacher is a teacher who either holds a level one Utah license with less than three years of experience or a level two or level three teacher during their first year in Jordan School District. The mentor will sign a contract acknowledging their mentoring responsibilities. The Mentor Teacher Specialists are available for mentor training and consultation.