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Santa Clara USD |  BP  4138  Personnel

Mentor Teachers   

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Cautionary Notice: AB 97 (Ch. 47, Statutes of 2013) repealed Education Code 42605, which provided temporary flexibility for specified "Tier 3" categorical programs, and instead redirects the funding for those categorical programs into the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) (Education Code 42238.01-42251). The supplemental and concentration grant portions of the LCFF may be used for any schoolwide or districtwide educational purpose in accordance with state regulations to be adopted by January 31, 2014, with a goal of increasing or improving services for English learners, foster youth, and students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Certain requirements related to Tier 3 categorical program(s) in the following policy or regulation are no longer applicable.

The Governing Board encourages experienced, qualified teachers to provide mentoring and support services to beginning teachers, interns, and other teachers who would benefit from guidance and assistance designed to enhance teacher performance and improve student learning. The district shall provide a stipend to mentor teachers in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation.

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

(cf. 4112.21 - Interns)

(cf. 4131.1 - Beginning Teacher Support/Induction)

(cf. 4139 - Peer Assistance and Review)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures for the nomination and selection of teachers to serve as mentors and shall verify that selected teachers fulfill the qualifications specified in law and administrative regulation. The Board shall approve the final designation of mentor teacher(s) upon recommendation of the Superintendent or designee.

The Superintendent or designee shall determine the specific duties and responsibilities of mentor teachers and shall assign interns and beginning teachers to each mentor teacher. He/she shall coordinate mentor teacher activities with other programs designed to support and enhance teachers' skills.

(cf. 4115 - Evaluation/Supervision)

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4315.1 - Staff Evaluating Teachers)

Certificated Staff Mentoring Program

Contingent upon state funding, the district shall provide an incentive for experienced teachers to serve as mentor teachers in "staff priority schools" with the lowest student achievement, as defined in Education Code 44561 and administrative regulation.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the district meets its obligations under this program to: (Education Code 44561)

1. Provide each mentor teacher with an annual salary stipend in accordance with Education Code 44562 and the annual State Budget Act

2. In assigning the mentor teacher, give priority for services to candidates participating in an alternative certification program pursuant to Education Code 44380-44387 and then to beginning teachers participating in the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment program pursuant to Education Code 44279.1-44279.7

3. Assure that the mentor teacher has received training to serve in a mentor capacity or has previously served as a mentor in programs for new teachers, including, but not limited to, induction or intern programs

4. Provide the mentor teacher with adequate time and material resources to assist beginning teachers

Legal Reference:


44279.1-44279.7 Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program

44325-44328 District interns

44380-44387 Alternative certification

44450-44468 Teacher Education Internship Act of 1967 (university interns)

44500-44508 Peer Assistance and Review Program

44560-44562 Certificated Staff Mentoring Program

44830.3 Interns, professional development and guidance

52052 Academic performance index


80021 Short-term staff permit

80021.1 Provisional internship permit

80026.5 Guidance and assistance for emergency permit holders

Management Resources:


Final Report of the Individual Evaluation of the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program, April 2002

Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Professional Teacher Induction Programs (SB 2042), March 2002

California Standards for the Teaching Profession, 1997



Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment:

California Department of Education:

Commission on Teacher Credentialing:


adopted: August 22, 2013 Santa Clara, California