Mentor Minute

Focused on the Support and Development of District Mentoring

Why Mentor?

Well, its time for you to answer that question! Recently you received an email asking why you mentor. I am looking forward to hearing back from all of you and including your powerful words in a follow up Mentor Minute.

If we were to reflect back to where we were a year ago, it is safe to say we have come a long way which can only mean we are on our way to even greater accomplishments. You have been the pioneers of this new model of Mentoring. This months newsletter will shine a light on all of our hard work!

It's January: Where are We with Our Mentoring Work?

Click here to view the Mentor Program Stats that were collected on January 7th!

January Mentor Tips

Taking a closer look at our data to guide our next steps....

January's Featured Tool

Nothing fancy this month!

If you have not already done so consider picking up a plan book just for your mentor work. Use this book to record all of your observations and debriefs, email correspondence, and professional development meetings/activities. In your plan book, add a checklist of tools or some sort of reminder so that you are sure to use a variety of tools with each Mentee. Having a plan book can help with mentoring equity as it will provide you with a visual of which Mentees you are spending time with and which ones may need some attention. A plan book may be good for quick notes and reminders in an at-a-glance/all in one way (as opposed to keeping notes and schedules in individual Mentee folders. It may also provide you with a easy way to keep track of your billable services. In addition it is evidence of all of the work that you so!

Already using something like this? Take a picture and share it with the community! We would love to see how you are organizing your work!

January's Mentor Goal

Spend time looking closely at the data and how it relates to your work. Where are you on the continuum and where would you like to go next? Begin to develop your own next steps so that you can meet this personal goal. If you need support with this, please reach out to me. Sometimes it helps to have a thought partner.

It can be hard to try a new tool or to get into the classroom of an apprehensive Mentee. Consider the "deflection strategy" which used to be named the "big lie." I took some heat for big lie (apparently people prefer honesty) so I had to come up with a new name. Regardless of what we call it, it is a helpful strategy for getting the "in" that you need. It goes something like this...."This month I have been asked by my program leader to get into each classroom at least once. When would be a good time to visit your room?" OR "This month we have been asked to focus on scripting and we were given a new tool. Do you mind if during my next observation I try scripting a part of your lesson? It may also help with capturing some of your questioning which I know is always a hot topic when principal's conduct evaluations."

See, that's easy, right!? Now go ahead and lie....I mean deflect...I mean , well you know what I mean!

January PD: Dates, Times, and Location

This Mentor Minute IS our professional development. You are encouraged to read it thoroughly, utilize the tools, and share any helpful resources with your Mentees.

Monthly drop-in opportunities will be offered from 2:30-5:00 in Villa Nova to discuss anything pertaining to the Mentor Minute such as the tools. We might also use this time to reflect, problem pose/solve, plan, set goals, etc,. Please RSVP at any point leading up to that day so I know who and how many to expect. These sessions are NOT MANDATORY rather a resource to you should you need the support. If you are in need of immediate support or can not make one of the dates listed below and would like to plan an alternative meeting, please email me at

  • January 14th
  • February 11th
  • March 10th
  • April 14th (13th for WHS and WACT Mentors)
  • May 12th

Quarterly meetings ARE MANDATORY and will also take place in Villa Nova from 2:30-4:30 for MS and HS Mentors and from 3:30-5:30 for Elementary Mentors. While during the first and last hour we will be in smaller groups, the middle hour will provide us with shared time during which we will meet as an entire group of district Mentors! You will receive an agenda prior our meeting.

Please mark your calendar with these dates:

  • January 7th

  • March 31st

  • June 2nd

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Kickin it Old School!

So when we say old school this month, we mean a few weeks ago!

Think back to our discussion on Entry Points. Did you find one recently and more importantly, did you seize the opportunity? If you have not had the chance, be sure to review the resources shared on the 7th and keep your ears out. Entry points can be the doorway to success between you and your Mentee!