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ACTFL 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.

This mentoring will be conducted virtually over email, Skype and/or phone. Mentors and mentees will be matched by language, level, 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 within their first 5 years of teaching.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Mentors and mentees are expected (but not required) to use the provided publications, The Keys to the Classroom, by Paula Patrick, and the mentor/mentee handbook. These publications provide valuable readings, discussion topics, and activities.

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