Mentoring in South Dakota
In a recent survey, 70 percent of South Dakota Education Association members said mentoring was very important for the success of new educators. In response, SDEA’s Teacher Quality and Enhanced Compensation Task Force made the following recommendation:
All teachers will have access to an effective induction and mentoring program that extends beyond the first year of teaching.
SDEA/NEA will work with lawmakers to enact fully-funded policies that require districts to provide comprehensive induction systems that support new teachers for at least the first three years of teaching practice.
The Association will also work to assure induction systems provide beginning teachers with formal support, instructional coaching, and mentoring by accomplished teachers during regular school hours. Educators should also be afforded opportunities for networking and collaboration with other beginning teachers.