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Induction and Mentoring


The following resources are included for the information and convenience of the public, and do not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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DESE continues to seek out opportunities to highlight the thoughtful work happening across the Commonwealth. To support this, we encourage educators and other stakeholders to send additional examples and resources to us at

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Guidance Materials
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Understanding the 50 Hour Requirement for Professional Licensure
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2015 Guidelines for Induction and Mentoring Programs
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2015-16 Annual Report
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Collecting Stakeholder Feedback on Induction and Mentoring Programs
As part of the annual report to ESE, districts are expected to collect stakeholder feedback to inform improvements to their induction and mentoring programs. This resource is intended to support districts when considering topics related to induction and mentoring for which they would like to collect feedback.

Supplements from Induction and Mentoring Reports

Districts, educational collaboratives, and professional organizations provided data, advice and other information on specific induction and mentoring topics, represented in the following documents.

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Mathmaking in Mentoring Programs
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Making Time for Mentoring
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Supporting New Specialized Instructional Support Personnel
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Recruitment & Retention: Educators of Color
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Recruitment & Retention: Educators in Hard-to-Staff Roles

Districts are encouraged to use Title II, Part A: Improving Educator Quality State Grants to support induction and mentoring programs. The purpose of Title II, Part A funding is to increase student achievement through comprehensive district initiatives that improve effective educators, including preparation, training, recruitment, and retention.

These funds can be used to support induction and mentoring programs, including paying mentor stipends, providing materials and supplies for mentees and/or mentors, and hiring consultants to assist with the development and/or implementation of the program. Districts can learn more about Title IIA, including their allocations for the current fiscal year, on DESE's website.

Resources from Districts and Collaboratives
Through their annual induction and mentoring reports, districts and collaboratives shared resources they use in their own programs, from mentor selection to program review.
  • The Working Group for Educator Excellence, in partnership with ESE, has compiled district examples of best practices and tools related to seven levers of educator expertise, including induction and mentoring, hiring and recruitment, and teacher leadership. Resources are available at District Promising Practices and Tools.
Induction and Mentoring Examples

Help us add to these examples! Email us a link to additional resources and information about your district's induction and mentoring program at and we'll add you to the list!

As part of Race to the Top, DESE partnered with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to offer a year-long, graduate level course for lead mentors called Project SUCCESS. Designed to increase district capacity, the program followed a train-the-trainer model enabling districts to develop lead mentors who could train other mentors in the district.

Over the course of three years, 400 lead mentors were trained from 70 districts. A full list of participating districts Download Excel Document is available. Several examples of induction and mentoring programs are available online from participating districts:

The final capstone for the course included developing a district action plan to support induction and mentoring.

Districts are encouraged to work collaboratively to train mentors and share resources. More information about Project SUCCESS, including training resources and videos are available. At this time, DESE does not provide mentor training.

Last Updated: October 26, 2017
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