• Forest Lake Area School's Mentor Program


    The Forest Lake Mentor Program was established in 1986 as a pilot site funded by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and has continued to flourish with district staff development funding. The purpose of the program is to provide support and professional growth and development opportunities for all non-tenured teachers in the school district.

    Program goals for mentees include the following:

    • to facilitate the socialization of new teachers/specialists into the school program and culture
    • to assist in refining and extending the instructional skills of teachers/specialists to ensure student success
    • to enhance professional attitudes toward teaching and the teaching profession
    • to promote personal and professional well-being
    Program goals for mentors include the following:

    • to advance the teaching profession by helping new practitioners refine their instructional skills
    • to enhance personal and professional growth
    • to assist in the refinement of mentors' ability to recognize and utilize effective teaching practices
    • to assist in the refinement of skills for collaboration
    • to enhance professional interaction

    Multiple Mentor Model


    The Forest Lake Mentor Program uses a multiple mentor model in which new members of our educational staff may work with five different types of mentors: district mentors, district resource mentors, instructional mentors, host mentors, and classroom mentors.

    District Mentor

    Responsibilities include:

    • orienting mentees to the Forest Lake Area School District, the profession, and school culture
    • coaching new teachers in instructional strategies through observation and reflective practice
    • securing resources that may be of help to mentees
    • providing personal and professional support for new staff members
    • meeting on a regular basis to provide opportunities for mentees to share their concerns, discuss ways to solve problems and to convey their accomplishments
    • arranging and scheduling use of mentee release days when requested
    • providing demonstrations for new teachers
    • establishing and maintaining university and college affiliations
    • preparing advisory board agendas and chairing advisory board meetings
    • encouraging and assisting in collaboration between the mentor program and other areas of staff development
    • participating in professional growth opportunities
    District Resource Mentors

    Responsibilities include:

    • participating in the planning and facilitating of the mentor advisory board meetings
    • helping to plan and present workshop offerings for mentees
    • participating in the planning and presenting of the opening workshop
    • helping to secure host mentors for new staff
    • reserving a time for orientation and training
    • assisting the classroom mentor when requested
    Instructional Mentors

    Responsibilities include:

    • responding to program questions at the building and serving as a liaison for the district mentors
    • assisting the host and classroom mentors on a regular basis
    • making contact with the classroom mentors on a regular basis
    • coaching new teachers in instructional strategies through observation and reflective practice
    Host Mentors

    Responsibilities include:

    • working with a new teacher during two days of preschool workshop
    • participating in an orientation for host mentors prior to meeting with the new teacher
    • orienting the new teacher to the policies, procedures, and culture of the building
    • helping the new teacher to prepare the teaching station and secure materials for teaching/work assignment
    Classroom Mentors

    Responsibilities include:

    • orienting the mentee to the policies, procedures, and culture of the building
    • offering guidance in the use and understanding of the school curricula
    • serving as a resource and liaison for content and other concerns
    • meeting on a regular basis to provide professional and personal support
    • providing encouragement and support for involvemtn in building level activities
    • promoting the welfare of the new staff members at the building level
    • participating in mentor training and related professional growth activities