We support and challenge new teachers to reach their full potential with a focus on the Charlotte Danielson Framework, the Common Core State Standards, and the Illinois State Assessments.
Novice teachers reach their full potential
through professional development meetings and activities with a leadership mentor. The novice teacher is engaged with their mentor over the two years
in activities designed to strengthen the new teacher’s practice. The
activities address the development of the meta-cognitive skills of the novice
teacher and accentuate the importance of becoming reflective practitioners.
for new teachers and mentors
development hours awarded equal to more than 75% of that needed for teacher
Networking with other
Stipends: Program stipends are paid to participating teachers for
attendance at meetings at the rate of $30 per meeting. Mentors for first year
teachers receive a stipend of $30 plus a $300 stipend for completing activities
with each first year teacher. Mentors for second year teachers receive a
stipend of $30 per meeting plus a $250 stipend for each second year teacher.
Costs: $1,000 per first year teacher and $600 per second year teacher.
Over 60% of the money collected is returned to the district participants and
mentors as stipends. The remainder is used to fund meeting costs, program
costs, and the end of the year celebration.
Requirement: This program requires a two-year commitment by mentors and
participating teachers to complete professional development at GSU and in
districts as well as completing reflections, action plans, formative
assessments and assessing student work activities with a mentor.
Program Coordinators: Mike Hurst and Katelyn Karstensen are the program coordinators who will provide the
mentor training and ongoing professional development. They are dedicated
to strengthening the teaching profession by providing new teachers with the
support they need to be successful. They believe that all students
deserve a knowledgeable educator with a strong sense of professional
For more information, please contact Program Coordinators Mike Hurst (email@example.com) and Katie Karstensen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 708.235.7594.