Hillborough NBCTs who teach, advise or mentor student more than 51% of the time are eligible for a $1,000 mentoring bonus for mentoring other teachers.
The purpose of mentoring is to provide assistance to teachers or NB candidates to better understand the tasks before them, or to improve their practice in the classroom, and to improve communication with parents. The goal is to increase the knowledge and skills of teachers in the classroom to enhance students’ achievement.
The district allows you to mentor during non-student time at your school site. You may not leave your school and go to another site to mentor until after school hours. If you have conference or duty free period at the end of the school day, you must remain on your campus for any mentoring during that time frame.
Mentor. A National Board Certified Teacher who acts as a role model and offers support to another teacher is considered a mentor. A mentor has knowledge and experience in an area and shares it with the person being mentored.
Mentee. A recipient of the mentoring service; a mentee may be any public school teacher within the School District of Hillsborough County who does not hold NBPTS certification. This includes new teachers, teachers experiencing difficulty or NBC candidate teachers
Mentoring Cycle. The mentoring cycle runs concurrent with the fiscal year.
What Mentoring Is
- Instructional support either in a content area or in pedagogical best practices
- Providing feedback
- Helping teachers to identify and address areas of concern
- Helping teachers to review and implement best practices
- Engaging teachers in reflective dialogue
- Assisting teachers with lesson or unit planning
- Assisting teachers in the development of classroom management strategies
- Reviewing and guiding National Board candidates in portfolio development
- Presenting at a training or conference session (participants may not all be NBCTs). Planning for the presentation may not be counted.
- Committee work such as
- School Advisory Councils
- Professional Development Committees
- Textbook Adoption Committees
- School Board or other district committee meetings
- State or local associations
- Attendance and/or participation at in-service workshops or professional development conferences
- Planning time for faculty meetings, trainings, etc.
- Editing a master’s thesis
- If the tasks are part of your job as team leader, specialist or department head, those hours are not acceptable for mentoring purposes. Your mentoring must occur outside of your required duties and hours.
- Be completely filled out and have the signatures verifying the services provided.
- Have your signature verifying the hours and services provided. Your signature must be legible and not scribbled.
- Have your principal’s signature on the bottom of each page.