Mentors perform a wide array of planning activities related to work in fellows’ classrooms and to facilitation of monthly inquiry meetings that expand the vision of artful teaching. Planning often leads to research for materials, readings, human resources and learning experiences that will support the growth of the fellows and the mentor as well.
Mentors can meet with their fellows in the mornings before school starts for lesson planning, meetings, or debriefs. These meetings can be anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour each.
During the school day, mentors conduct their planned lesson observations of their fellows, which usually last between 30 minutes to an hour. When mentors are not observing lessons, they are researching for their fellows, preparing for their planning/debrief meetings, and keeping up to date with their Cotsen paperwork.
Mentors can schedule their lesson observation debrief meetings with their fellows after school, usually lasting between 30 minutes to an hour each. These meetings can also be combined with planning meetings for the next lesson observation.
Mentors attend trainings with their fellows during the school day at alternate locations throughout the area. Mentors also attend mentor trainings throughout the year, most notably the monthly mentor meetings. Training days and meetings are normally from 8:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m., with a few exceptions depending on location and training type.