Mentoring Program Guidelines

The ACTFL Mentoring Program is designed to help early career language educators succeed in their current assignments and learn the skills to be successful long-term in their careers.

The Mentoring Program is conducted in-person; virtually over email, Skype, or phone; or a combination of those methods.

Mentors and mentees are matched by language, level, interest and location as best as possible. The following guidelines were developed for both mentors and mentees to help guide their interactions.

  • Mentors are responsible for conveying and upholding the standards, norms, and values of the profession.
  • Mentors are responsible for establishing and maintaining a level of trust and confidentiality that enables the mentees to speak freely about the problems they are facing, their frustrations and challenges without fear that others will learn about them.
  • Mentors nurture the talents and abilities of the mentees offering support, challenge, patience and enthusiasm while guiding them to new levels of competence.
  • Mentors are pro-active sharing resources, articles, research, and professional development opportunities etc. that are beneficial for the mentee.
  • Mentees must be upfront and open about their expectations from the program, and how they want the pairing to go. Some mentees prefer more information pairings, and some prefer regular scheduled check-ins. It is the role of the mentee to decide the nature of the pairing.
  • Mentors are leaders sharing their personal experiences, knowledge and skills while at the same time listening to the thoughts and experiences of the mentee.
  • Mentors gain insight into the needs and expectations of the mentees.
  • It is expected that the mentor/mentee relationship will develop and change over time as they establish a positive relationship as peers and colleagues who share ongoing experiences and professional growth.
  • Mentor and mentee determine the best form of communication and the schedule of communication.
  • Mentor and mentee determine the frequency of communication, although communication should occur a minimum of once per month
  • Mentor and mentees are encouraged to arrange a meeting, if both are attending the same event.

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Resources Provided Through the Program

ACTFL recognizes the importance of a shared understanding, and provides resources to ensure both mentors and mentees get the most out of their shared experience.

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The Keys to the Classroom

Mentoring program participants receive a PDF copy of The Keys to the Classroom (Second edition) as part of the program. Pairs are not required to utilize the publication, but the it is available as part of the program.

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Mentoring Community

Participants will also be enrolled in the Mentoring Program Community to connect with other participants, share resources, and engage in discussions. Regular updates will be posted through the Community.

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Distance Mentoring Modules

Participants in the distance learning mentoring program will receive access to online modules designed for new distance educators.