SK TEAL Mentorship Program
- To provide instructional and professional support for teachers who are new to working in the area of teaching English as an additional language (EAL) in Saskatchewan classrooms by working with a mentor teacher.
- To put theory into practice by connecting experienced EAL teachers with teachers who are new to the EAL classroom, or are working with one or more English language learners (ELLs) for the first time.
- To prevent teacher isolation and provide support in the form of guidance and resources for teachers of ELLs who may not have opportunities to access professional development opportunities (due to location, teaching assignment, or funding for example) or may have limited access to teaching resources for similar reasons.
- To support teacher morale, communications, and collegiality.
- Both mentor and mentee will be members of the SKTEAL PGN.
- The mentor and mentee relationship must be professional and respectful at all times.
- The program will only coordinate the matching of mentee and mentor and provide email contacts between both parties. Any communication between the parties after the pairing is the responsibility of the two parties and SKTEAL will not be involved, and will not be held responsible for the contents of any private communications.
- Either party may choose to withdraw from the pairing if they wish to discontinue the program.
- Please inform the SKTEAL Mentorship Program Facilitator in this case.
- If the mentee or mentor wishes to withdraw from the pairing, they can contact the facilitator to request another pairing. New pairings will be made on the discretion of the facilitator and feedback from previous pairings will be considered.
- This program runs on a voluntary basis. It is run by teachers, for teachers with the ultimate goal being to improve learning outcomes for our students in Saskatchewan. In most cases, both mentors and mentees are working teachers who are working day to day in a busy and demanding workplace.
- The mentorship program may include but will not necessarily be focussed on sharing resources. The situation and needs of the mentee along with the experiences of the mentor should guide the relationship.
- As this is a voluntary program to connect and support teachers no remuneration (monetary or other) is expected or required to or by either partner.
I want to be a mentor!
- SKTEAL is always looking to welcome experienced teachers from Saskatchewan who are currently working in the field of EAL, as well as retired teachers who are willing to share their experience with others.
- Please email us: email@example.com indicating MENTOR in the subject line. Please include:
- Last name, first name
- Teaching experience – including EAL experience
- Current assignment – school, division, retired, adult education etc
- Qualifications (certificates, special qualifications, real world experience)
- Why I want to mentor
I want a mentor!
- SKTEAL will do our best to find and match you with a mentor as soon as possible. Your application will first be forwarded to the potential mentor, and upon acceptance they will contact you.
- Please send any communications or questions about the program to the SKTEAL Mentorship Program Facilitator via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please email us: email@example.com indicating MENTEE in the subject line. Please include:
- Last name, first name
- School, and school division where you are currently employed
- Teaching experience including years and locations
- Teaching assignment – current and past
- Why I want a mentor
Who is SKTEAL?
Saskatchewan Teachers of English as an Additional Language (SKTEAL) is a Professional Growth Network (PGN) supported by the guidance and following the rules of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. PGN’s are established by teachers to inform professional practice in support of students’ education.
- Networking opportunities and professional support
- A way to raise awareness and encourage discussion about TEAL in the K-12 sector
- Access to current research in our field
- Professional development (in-service, workshops, additional training, staff development)
- Opportunities to play a leadership role in developing policy to enhance the quality of programming in our schools
- Encourage for EAL teachers to support research and facilitate projects of benefit to students, the community and teachers
- A chance to recognize excellence in TEAL in our community