PL-CI-510 Mentor Institute 2017


PL-CI-510 Mentor Institute 2017

This eight-session Mentor Training Institute is required for educators serving or planning to serve as mentors as part of the Lexington Public Schools New Educator Induction Program.  Please see important pre-requisites listed below PRIOR to registering for The Mentor Institute.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017                                  3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017                                3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017                                 3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017                      3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017                            3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017                          3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017                       3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017                         3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Mentor Institute participants will: 

  • strengthen their interpersonal communication and coaching skills to effectively support new educators,
  • gain knowledge and understanding about the mentor's role, needs of beginning educators, adult development, the change process, and school culture to inform their efforts,
  • practice and strengthen skills in classroom observation, peer coaching and feedback conferences, and coordination with principals and subject specialists,
  • learn and practice tools to promote reflective practice, thoughtful analysis of instructional content, and ways to analyze teaching strategies and promote problem solving,
  • recognize and develop their skills as teacher-leaders both in a formal mentoring process and in more informal peer-to-peer interactions within their buildings.

 Session Topics Include: 

  • Needs of beginning educators
  • Roles/responsibilities/qualities of effective mentor
  • Principles of adult learning and adult personality preferences
  • Coaching and conferencing skills
  • Walkthroughs and using the educator evaluation rubrics as a learning tool
  • Theory of difficult conversations
  • Mentoring in a technology rich workplace

Pre-requisites for becoming a mentor and participating in the Mentor Institute: 

  • Professional license
  • Professional Teacher Status in Lexington Public Schools
  • Minimum of 5 years teaching experience, with at least 3 years in LPS
  • Experience working collaboratively with other adults
  • Demonstrated knowledge and mastery of LPS curriculum
  • Demonstrated expertise in classroom teaching
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills

Upon registration, Avon Lewis, Mentor Coordinator, will confirm that each registrant meets course prerequisites and has secured the support of his/her building principal or primary supervisor.

LPS Instructor and Primary Contact:  Avon Lewis is the Mentor Coordinator for LPS.  If you have any questions or comments about the course or the mentoring program, please email her at

Who May Enroll:  PK-12 Teachers, Administrators, and Specialists who meet the course prerequisites. All participants must have the support of their principal and/or primary supervisor.  

Location:  Lexington High School, Room 410

PDPs/Credits:  16 PDPs and 1 in-house credit upon successful completion of all course requirements

Class Size:  30



Kristen McGrath
Phone: 781-861-2580 x68043


Seat Availability: 1 of 30 available.
Last day to register: 4/13/2017

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Lexington High School, Room 410
251 Waltham Street
Lexington, MA 02421The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.