Mentoring Excellence

Mentoring Excellence Candidate News Page

The purpose of the Mentor Excellence Candidate News Page it to provide candidates in the Design and Development (D&D) process with current information regarding submission guidelines and deadlines.  Please contact David Negron (dnegron7@schools.nyc.gov ) with questions about the D&D process or deadlines.

Learn More About:
The Final Proposal
Guidelines and Tips for Written Submissions
School Visits (Individualized Assessments)
Panel Interviews



Final Proposal (Sections 1--3)

  • The Final Proposal is due by 9am on Monday, December 3rd.
  •  To see the full instructions, page limits, and question prompts for the proposal, please see this page: Mentoring Excellence Proposal
  • Please upload your completed proposal PDF or Word documents to the Mentoring Excellence Application on this page: Applicant Stack

Reminders for Final Proposal
•Specifically address each question and sub question. Label these with the number and letter and also with a brief heading to scaffold the text.

• Revise your proposal to address feedback provided by coaches during your school visit.  You may also make revisions to your proposal that are based on your own new thinking (and are unrelated to coach feedback)

• Please proofread very carefully.  You may want to ask someone else to read and edit to catch typos.

• Credit your sources.

• Add a header with page numbers and your name (so that it appears on every page).

• Title your document with the following convention: yourname.finalproposal.doc (for example:  dnegron.finalproposal.doc).

• Your document should be single spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font with a
1-inch margin on all sides.



Guidelines and Tips for Written Submissions

• All proposal submissions should be single spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font with a 1 inch margin on all sides

• Title your document with the following convention: yourname.section.doc (for example: davidnegron.sections1&2.doc)

• Add a header that includes page numbers and your name (so that it appears on every page) 

• Credit your sources 

• Avoid jargon

• Please proofread your document

• Remember that examples are often an excellent way to illustrate a point concisely

• Please specifically address each question and sub question. Label these with the appropriate number and letter and also with a brief heading to scaffold the text

• Please do not email us requesting confirmation that your document uploaded properly.  If we find that there is a problem, we will contact you.



School Visits – (Individualized Assessment)

• Schools visits will take place from Nov. 20th –Nov. 30th.

• Visits may be scheduled for 9AM or 1PM and will last 2.5-3 hours each. (Timing is flexible, depending on specific school schedules) 

•  You will be assigned a date and time for the school visit. Please make every effort to accommodate us at the assigned time. If you absolutely cannot do the time assigned, please let us know, but recognize that we have very little flexibility to change dates.

*Preparation: Please create an agenda that covers our expectations covered in the attached document. (Click here: ME- Individual Assessment Directions)  It will be your responsibility to provide coaches with the agenda upon their arrival and to ensure activities fit within the 2.5-3 hour allotted timeframe.  



Panel Interviews
All panel interviews will be scheduled from Monday, December 4th – Friday, December 7th. Timeslots are at 9am, 12pm and 3pm. You will be assigned a date and time for the panel interview. Please make every effort to accommodate us at the assigned time. If you absolutely cannot make your assigned time, please let us know, but recognize that we have very little flexibility to change dates. 

Preparation:
• Panel interviews will take place before a group of 3 or more individuals, including at least 2 ONS coaches and additional DOE staff members from other departments.

• You will have ten minutes to present an overview of your proposed school. It is important that you use this time to address the most important aspects of your proposed school. Please plan the presentation carefully, practice it, and do not wing it. As you develop your presentation, please consider that some panelists will be less familiar with your application than the ONS coaches.

• There will be 45-minutes devoted for the panel to pose questions.

• The last 5 minutes will be for you to pose any question to the panel about the process. 

Please Note:
• As the proposed leader, you decide how to use your 10 minutes of presentation time and when to introduce your team members within that time.

• Only bring team members who are highly likely to join the new school should your proposal be approved. You may call on your team members to field particular questions, however we will expect that you take charge of managing all individuals and serving as the ultimate authority for articulating your school vision.

• If you are working with an intermediary organization, you can bring someone from that organization as an observer. 

• Your principal/mentor can only attend as an observer.

• There should be no use of visual aids, props, or supporting documents in your presentation.

• Please know that the panelists have read your proposal and it is not necessary to read it to us during the presentation. This should serve as a time to speak to the key components of your school design and help us understand concretely what the work will be. You should, in essence, bring the school to life by describing what it will look like, sound like and feel like to be at the school both as a teacher and a student