Washoe Country School District

August 19, 2014

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Mentor Teacher Program Information

Why Induction and Mentoring

New teachers are expected to perform the same duties as veteran teachers from the moment they step into the classroom. They are expected to perform a variety of roles such as educator, motivator, guide, counselor, coach and manager, to name a few. New teachers are often expected to sponsor extra-curricular activities and serve on school committees. The enormity of it all can be overwhelming.  Teacher education programs often emphasize mastery of subject matter and instructional theory. It is not until they reach the classroom that new educators move from theory to practice.

The Washoe County School District's Induction and Mentoring Program serves to bridge the gap between initial preparation and the realities of teaching.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Induction and Mentoring program
is to provide high quality instruction for students
by ensuring the success and on-going growth of teachers.


The purpose of the Induction and Mentoring Program
is to orient the novice teacher to the educational environment
and share the vision of the profession
by modeling and encouraging best practice
through collaboration, collegiality and participation
in a continuous learning community.


Improve teaching performance
Enhance student achievement
Increase teacher retention
Promote novice well-being
Transmit the culture
Increase collegiality


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