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Welcome to the Mentor Program Webpage
Induction Site for Mentors and Proteges

Welcome to the Lynn Public Schools Induction site. New teachers and their mentors are the lifeblood of our system.

Components of the Induction Program are mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The role of the Lynn Public School Department is to offer these components to new teachers and to those moving toward professional licensure in order to ease transitions and to ensure professional success.

Induction Program Coordinators are Mary Jane Mulholland and Suzanne Mulholland. Feel free to contact us with questions and concerns.

Lynn Public Schools Mentor Program Contacts

List Mentor Program Contact Information
  Contact
Phone
E-mail
Mary Jane Mulholland
(617) 771-2248 (cell)
mulhollandmj@lynnschools.org
  Contact
Phone
E-mail
Suzanne Mulholland
(617) 257-6370 (cell)
mulhollands@lynnschools.org

Fall Meetings for Assigned Mentors

The Fall Meeting for Assigned Mentors will take place on Thursday, September 18th, at Bennett Street from 3-5 p.m.

You may not know that the Massachusetts Guidelines for Induction Programs is located on the x-drive of your computer. Some of your questions may be answered if you take a look at it.

I am enclosing a copy of the principal's role in the mentoring program so you can get a quick overview. I am also attaching the agenda for the September Meeting. Please let me know asap who will be running the support team in your school as well as the meeting schedule. 

I will send updated attendance sheet later today. Teachers are to sign in at the first meeting and then initial at each meeting they attend. Attendance is sent to Sue and me at the end of the year so that proteges will receive credit for program completion. Other teachers who attend regularly will receive PDPs toward salary increment. 

Please feel free to ask questions as the mentoring program continues to grow and develop. 

TEACHER/ADMINISTRATOR INDUCTION PROGRAM
(Aligned to Mass Department of Education’s Guidelines for Induction Programs, October, 2001

 C.  Principal:  The role and responsibilities of the principal may vary by setting.

  • Establish a school culture that is built on collegiality and supports professional collaboration among new and veteran teachers.
  • Ensure reasonable working conditions for the beginning teacher.
  • Facilitate the relationship between the mentor and beginning teacher. The principal must make sure that the mentor and beginning teacher meet regularly and that they are satisfied with each other’s participation in the program.
  • Establish a School Support Team.  The School Support Team should consist of the principal or designee, new teachers, teachers working toward professional licensure, mentors and  may also include department heads, literacy teachers, curriculum and instruction teachers, lead teachers, other veteran teachers, etc.  The principal must convene the first meeting of the School Support Team within the first two weeks of school.  The meeting dates for the upcoming year should be established at this first meeting.  Meetings should take place monthly so that participants accrue a total of 10 hours for the year.
  • Must maintain attendance records, agendas and minutes of all meetings on appropriate LPS forms to be turned in to the induction program coordinators at the end of the school year.
  • Conduct an orientation program for beginning teachers, mentors, and support teams.
  • Conduct the formal evaluation of the beginning teacher. The principal must ensure that the beginning teacher is informed early in the year about the district’s evaluation standards and procedures and is evaluated on schedule.  In some buildings the evaluation of teachers is conducted by others, e.g., department heads, vice-principals.  However, the principal is responsible for informing the teacher of the person who will be conducting the evaluation.
  • Match trained mentors and new teachers and send lists to Induction Program Coordinators in the requested time frame.

Principals ensure that all of the above requirements are met.

If you have questions, please contact:
mulhollandmj@lynnschools.org or mulhollands@lynnschools.org.

Induction Meetings for New Hires

Two day orientation for new hires to the Lynn Public Schools as required by the Massachusetts Department of Education will be held on August 28 and 29 fro 8 AM to 12 Noon.

Ingalls School, 1 Collins Street Terrace, Lynn, MA. 

Please note: New teachers who participate in the mentoring program will have one year from hire date to complete their requirements.

If you have questions, please contact:
mulhollandmj@lynnschools.org or mulhollands@lynnschools.org.

Mentoring Calendar 2014 | 2015

Please plan your calendar early to accommodate the following dates. All meetings will be held at 100 Bennett Street unless otherwise indicated.

CAL These MENTOR events can now be viewed on the LPS Google Calendar

ALL NEW HIRES    
Must attend both sessions 1 and 2

August 25, 2014

Orientation Meeting
Session 1

8 AM - Noon

Administration Building
100 Bennett Street
(School Committee Room)

August 26, 2014

Orientation Meeting
Session 2

8 AM - Noon

Administration Building
100 Bennett Street
(School Committee Room)

October 9, 2014

MAKE UP
Orientation Meeting
Session 1

3 - 6 PM

Lynn Classical High
230 O’Callaghan Way
(Library)

October 16, 2014

MAKE UP
Orientation Meeting
Session 2

3 - 6 PM

Lynn Classical High
230 O’Callaghan Way

(Library)

INDUCTION PROGRAM FOR NEW TEACHERS Participating in Mentoring
Must attend Part I and II

Nov. 6, 2014
Last Name Begins with A-M

Part I: 
Tools for Teachers

3 - 6 PM

Lynn English High
50 Goodridge Street
(Library)

Nov. 13, 2014
Last Name Begins with N- Z

Part I: 
Tools for Teachers

3 - 6 PM

Lynn English High
50 Goodridge Street
(Library)

May 5, 2015
Last Name Begins with A-M

Part II: 
Ten-Minute Teach

3 - 6 PM

Lynn Classical High
230 O’Callaghan Way
(Various Classrooms)

May 7, 2015
Last Name Begins with N-Z

Part II: 
Ten-Minute Teach

3 - 6 PM

Lynn Classical High
230 O’Callaghan Way
(Various Classrooms)

MENTORS
Must attend Part I and II 

Sept. 18, 2014

Part I:  Mentor Musts
Mentor Requirements: 2014-15

3 - 5 PM

Administration Building
100 Bennett Street
(Rooms 205, 206)

Oct. 23, 2014

MAKE UP
Part I:  Mentor Musts
Mentor Requirements: 2014-15

3 - 5 PM

Administration Building
100 Bennett Street
(School Committee Room)

Nov. 17, 2014
Last Name Begins with A-M

Part II:  Mentor Musts  
Observation Review / Discussions

3 - 4 PM

Administration Building
100 Bennett Street
(School Committee Room)

Nov. 20, 2014
Last Name Begins with N-Z

Part II:  Mentor Musts
Observation Review / Discussions

3 - 4 PM

Administration Building
100 Bennett Street
(School Committee Room)

Mentors and their Mentees | Check List Reminders

Mentors and their Mentees | Observations Due Dates
Due Date Teacher Observed Pre-Conference Date Observation Date Post Conference Date
Nov. 7, 2014        
Feb. 6, 2014        
April 10, 2015        
Dates of School Support Team Meetings Attended
Sept. Nov. Jan. Mar. May
Oct. Dec. Feb. Apr. June
Submission of Reflective Journal with a Minimum of 10 Entries
Date Submitted:  

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Advanced Mentoring Experience Requirement

Teachers at the Preliminary and Initial levels of licensing must complete certain requirements to advance to their next level of licensure. The district will provide teachers with an Induction Program and with options to complete the "50 hours of an advanced mentoring experience beyond the Induction year" that is also required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

· All teachers must complete the Induction/Mentoring program during their first year in the district.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regulations for Professional Licensure also requires, among other things, "50 hours of an advanced mentoring experience" beyond the Induction year. In the Lynn Public Schools, we will now offer teachers four options to complete this requirement.

Option 1:

· Completion of the RBT course, Studying Skillful Teaching or completion of Studying Skillful Teaching: Using Data Day to Day

· Attendance at School Support Team meetings for 2 years beyond the Induction year

Option 2:

· Completion of the RBT course, Studying Skillful Teaching or completion of Studying Skillful Teaching: Using Data Day to Day

· Completion of the workshop, Beginning of the Year Classroom Management 1

· Attendance at School Support Team meetings for 1 year beyond the Induction year

Option 3:

· Completion of the RBT course, Studying Skillful Teaching or completion of Studying Skillful Teaching: Using Data Day to Day

· Completion of the workshop, Beginning of the Year Classroom Management 1

· Completion of the workshop, Beginning of the Year Classroom Management 2

Option 4:

· Completion of the RBT course, Studying Skillful Teaching or completion of Studying Skillful Teaching: Using Data Day to Day

· Completion of the RBT course, Investigating Obstacles to Achievement

**Please note: Studying Skillful Teaching or Studying Skillful Teaching: Using Data Day to Day must be completed prior to enrolling in Investigating Obstacles to Achievement

All teachers are obligated to know and complete all other requirements necessary to advance from Preliminary to Initial level license and then Initial to Professional level license.

Approved September 2009: Catherine C. Latham, Superintendent Updated 9/12/11

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