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Induction and Mentoring


General Questions

Who is required to participate in induction and mentoring programs?
Induction and mentoring programs are for beginning teachers and administrators (those new to the profession) as well as incoming teachers and administrators (those with experience, but are new to the district or role). You can see the specific components of induction and mentoring programs that apply to these groups of educators.

Are districts' induction and mentoring programs required to be a certain number of hours?
No. DESE does not set requirements around the number of hours beginning or incoming educators must participate in an induction and mentoring program. However, it is required that beginning teachers receive an additional 50 hours of mentoring beyond the initial induction year.

How do you designate an Induction and Mentoring Contact?
Using DESE's Directory Administration, each district is asked to select at least one person to serve as the point of contact for the district's induction and mentoring program for beginning educators. It's up to the district to determine who is most familiar with the districts induction programs and best suited to serve as a contact. The superintendent will be designated as the default contact. We expect the roles of contacts will vary by districts, with some being superintendents, assistant superintendents, curriculum directors, professional development directors, and/or teacher leaders.

With these contacts, DESE will share important updates, reminders, and new resources related to induction and mentoring. In June, contacts will receive a link to the 2015-16 annual induction and mentoring report districts must submit to DESE by July 31st, 2016.

A list of district administrators who can designate a person as the Induction and Mentoring Contact is available online. For more information about adding someone to a function in Directory Administration, download the Directory Administration Quick Reference Guide. If you run into any issues, please submit a helpdesk ticket through our Contact Us page and from the subject dropdown, choose: MassEdu Gateway/Security Portal.


Is it required that mentors and mentees be matched one-on-one?
No. Districts have flexibility to determine mentor and mentee assignment. Districts may consider pairing a mentor with multiple mentees to prioritize giving the mentees access to an effective educator in their content area/grade level or school building. Districts may also implement group mentoring. When considering group mentoring, districts should still ensure there are opportunities for mentors and mentees to meet individually.

Are mentors required to be trained?
Yes. While DESE does not set additional requirements about the duration, frequency, or content of the training, all mentors must be trained. Suggestions about training are available in the Guidelines Download PDF Document  Download Word Document.


When will districts submit annual reports to ESE?
At the conclusion of each school year (June), superintendents will be emailed a link to complete the annual induction and mentoring report. Districts must complete the report by July 31st. Prior to completing the electronic report, a Word/PDF version will be made available so districts can collect the necessary data over the course of the school year.

Is the annual report a new requirement?
No. The annual reporting requirement was included in the regulations implemented in 2001. For several years, districts submitted hardcopy reports to ESE. Over time, districts were then asked to keep the reports on file and DESE would request them during onsite visits.


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Last Updated: June 9, 2016
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