Professional Development

Mentor Resources

Role and Responsibilities
Mentoring is a crucial support for the newest members of our profession. For guidance on mentoring, please see the Role and Responsibilities of School-Based Mentors.

Mentor Tracking System (MTS)
At the beginning of the school year, teachers who are new to the teaching profession are assigned to a mentor so that they can receive personalized support through their first year of teaching. The Mentor Tracking System is used for making mentor matches and documenting the mentoring interactions. Mentors are required to document their support in our on-line documentation system, Mentor Tracking System (MTS). Timely and accurate tracking of your mentoring sessions is critical to the certification of the new teacher.

Positions as Mentors
Experienced teachers who are interested in serving as mentors should contact their principal. There may be limited opportunities for retired teachers or other non-DOE employee with teaching experience, who should also contact individual principals directly.

12-Hour School Based Mentor Training Sessions
School-based mentors can attend a 12-hour course that explores the most effective ways to support their new teacher. Topics include trust and relationship building, mentor language, mentoring protocols, mentoring tools, adult learning, collecting classroom observational data, non-judgmental feedback, effective questioning techniques, coaching strategies, and the phases of new teacher development. Contact your Teacher Development Specialist for course opportunities or register for Course 1 here

Teacher Development Specialist
Teacher Development Specialists are a key resource in developing a site-based mentoring programs and supporting new teachers and their mentors. Each Borough has assigned Teacher Development Specialist.

Teacher Development Specialists:

Bronx: Sonya Brown, Districts 7, 10, and 12
Bronx: Nora Tiao, Districts 8, 9, and 11
Brooklyn: Karen Haynes
Brooklyn and Staten Island: Lisa Langer-Baratz
Manhattan: Steve Gilroy
Queens: Tim Gilday
District 75: Renate Jones and Marilyn King