Mentor News

Dripping Springs ISD

September 2015

Checking in...

Look here each month for a suggested list of things to check in with your mentee about...

  • Set up a time to observe in your mentee's classroom and invite them to observe in your classroom. (See your campus IF to help make arrangements)
  • Give them a sweet note of encouragement or surprise them with their favorite drink (school appropriate of course!) or treat.
  • Review the scope and sequence with your mentee
  • Show them where to find the assessment calendar and note pertinent dates (CBAs, diagnostic assessments, STAAR, etc.) AND discuss guidelines for how to administer the CBA
  • Discuss expectations for parent communication and conferences
  • Set up a time with your mentee to review Eduphoria and Skyward:
***Eduphoria: requesting a personal day or submitting a leave early form, entering student data, looking up student data in Aware and seeing if a student is listed as 504, LEP, SPED, etc., printing & scanning scantrons

***Skyward: entering grades and comments, accessing skyward finance, review skyward discipline

Thoughts, Tips, and Tidbits :)

Have you given your mentee the opportunity to ask questions recently? It can be overwhelming coming to a new district. Often the mentee won't come to you OR if you ask if they need anything they will simply say "no" for fear of being a burden and putting more on your plate. Take the time this month to go to them, have a working lunch, stop in at their conference, set up a meeting... however you can, arrange a time to just sit, LISTEN and answer all of their questions.

Pamela Ryckman, author of Stiletto Network: Inside the Women’s Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business, states, “Mentors help fill your knowledge gaps and seek opportunities to help you grow and excel. A mentor is someone with whom you can let down your guard, share your insecurities, and ask the ‘stupid’ questions we all have sometimes.”

Want to be a GREAT mentor? Here are 9 things to get you started:

1. Always play both roles. (you can learn from your mentee too!)

2. Be committed. (follow through and be there for your mentee when they need you)

3. Know that your mentee can be anyone, anywhere. (mentoring is often peer to peer)

4. Listen.

5. Have your own mentor and network. (see your IF or other mentors for advice and support)

6. Be open-minded and compassionate.

7. Have patience.

8. Be a role model.

9. Care about the relationship. (invest yourself in your mentee!)

Source: How To Be A Great Mentor by Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes / Leadership


We appreciate your commitment and want to serve as a mentor of sort to you.

Please feel free to leave us comments, ask questions or give suggestions below. We want this mentoring experience to be as rewarding to you as those you support!

Your Campus Instructional Facilitators (IFs),

Tami Ballard, Amber Daige, Angela Gamez, Stephanie Love, and Wendy Middleton

Contact Your Campus IF