School of Education Professional Development Center

PDC Mentor Competencies

Professional Development Center Mentor Teacher Competencies
  1. Commits to the Roles and Responsibility of Mentoring
    • Dedicates regular time to the mentee
    • Assists the mentee despite obstacles
    • Models self-reflection and self-assessment
  2. Accepts the Beginning Teacher as a Developing
    • Professional Understands the common problems of beginning teachers
    • Applies theories of adult learning
    • Anticipates the needs of the mentee
  3. Reflects on Interpersonal Communications and Decisions
    • Reflects on what, where, when, and how to communicate with mentee
    • Adjusts communication style to needs of the mentee
    • Respects the confidentiality of the relationship
    • Discusses one's own professional challenges
    • Models effective helping relationship skills
  4. Serves as an Instructional Coach
    • Engages the mentee in team planning and teaching whenever possible
    • Has knowledge of effective teaching practices
    • Models openness to new ideas and instructional practices
    • Uses clinical cycle of instructional support
  5. Models a Commitment to Personal and Professional Growth
    • Lives the life of a learner
    • Sees the mentee as a fellow student of teaching and learning
    • Pursues own professional growth opportunities
    • Advises mentee on professional growth opportunities
  6. Communicates Hope and Optimism for the Future
    • Encourages and praises the mentee
    • Holds and communicates high expectations for the mentee
    • Shows positive attitude toward the teaching profession
    • Avoids criticism of students, parents, and colleagues
    • Models personal and professional self-efficacy¬†
  7. Commitment to School Improvement
    • Leads curriculum/program improvements
    • Offers/facilitates professional development opportunities
    • Completes district special projects
    • Teacher leader/change agent

Adapted from work of James B. Rowley, University of Dayton