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ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER: 24
POLICY CODE: GCI
TO: Superintendents of Schools and Building Principals
FROM J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner
DATE: April 9, 2001
SUBJECT: Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant Project
I am pleased to announce the implementation of the Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant Project, “Advancing the Agenda for Results-Based Educator Certification”, (AARBEC).
As you know, the Department was awarded funding by the United States Department of Education to undertake a 3-year project to enhance teacher quality through the development of a state-wide beginning teacher support/induction system grounded in the Maine Learning Results and Maine’s Beginning Teacher Performance Standards.
The project will serve each of the 9 Superintendent’s Regions in Maine. It calls for establishing a network of one full-time mentor per region to work with three pilot sites (district certification support systems) per region. At this time I am asking you to nominate a teacher who we may consider to serve as a mentor in your region.
Your nominee for Regional Mentor should be knowledgeable and experienced in mentoring and supporting new teachers, an effective communicator, with demonstrated credibility among colleagues, and a minimum of 5 years of successful teaching experience while holding a professional teaching certificate. From the pool, we will select one teacher per region. The district from which a Regional Mentor is selected will be asked to grant a one-year leave of absence to the mentor, September 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002. The grant will compensate the district directly for the teacher’s salary, benefits and insurances. Costs related to travel and professional development will be covered by the grant and any additional days of work outside the established contract of the individual will be on a stipended basis. Attached is a detailed explanation of the expectations of the Regional Mentor and of the school district in which she/he is employed.
This is an opportunity for the teachers selected to participate in high quality professional development related to supporting best classroom practice and Maine’s teaching standards and to contribute to the exciting work of creating the model for teacher induction in Maine. In addition, the Regional Mentor will return to your district to assist in providing leadership for mentoring and support of new teachers.
Together we are stakeholders in this initiative as we face the challenge of ensuring that all teachers receive the support required to in turn provide every child with the opportunity to achieve Maine’s Learning Results.
Please forward your nomination for Regional Mentor by April 27, 2001 to:
Judith Cox, Project Director
State House Station 23
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
Characteristics of Regional Mentors:
Ø Accomplished educators who have distinguished themselves in ways such as, Milken Awards, Teacher of the Year, subject area awards, Master Teacher, National Board Certification, or other distinguishing professional accomplishments.
Ø Demonstrate strong content knowledge (science and technology and math preferred for first round of mentors)
Ø Demonstrate excellent teaching and interpersonal skills
Ø Educators who are currently employed in Maine schools who will receive leaves of absence from their positions to be contracted to the project.
· Participate in research and preparation activities in late spring of 2001
· Attend State-wide academy one week in July
· Attend monthly meetings of project leadership to assist in evaluation of project activities and assess progress
· Develop specific action plans with pilot support systems for substantial efforts to enhance teacher content knowledge, pedagogy and standards, and methods of mentoring and support of teachers
· Ensure that grant activities are initiated and completed within a reasonable time-span
· Provide support to pilot sites within their assigned regions
· Plan new and ongoing regional activities
· Plan with Project Director state-wide academies for new teachers
· Meet with their regional superintendents to provide updates and gain input on the
progress of the project in their region
TEACHER QUALITY ENHANCEMENT GRANT
Name of Regional Mentor nominee_________________________________________________
Grade level and Subject(s) taught___________________________________________________
Number of years taught_____________
Brief statement of rationale for nominating this teacher (Please include awards, recognitions, outstanding achievements as an educator, and potential success to contribute to the design and delivery of support and mentoring of beginning teachers)
Signature______________________________________ Date __________
Superintendent of Schools
Ø Will receive directly the salary, benefits and insurance of the Regional Mentor
Ø Will grant the Regional Mentor a one-year leave of absence from September 1, 2001-June 30, 2002
Ø Costs related to travel and professional development will be covered by AARBEC
Ø Any additional days of work outside the established contract will be paid on a stipended basis
Ø Will benefit from the professional development the Regional Mentor will receive
Ø Will have the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of creating a culture for mentoring and supporting new teachers in Maine