The Mentor Teacher-Internship Program (MTIP) supports eligible public school districts and BOCES in developing and providing structured guidance and assistance by experienced, highly qualified teachers (mentors) to beginning teachers (interns) in their first or second year of teaching. The Mentor Teacher internship Program (MTIP) provides the opportunity for beginning teachers to broaden and enhance their classroom teaching and related skills while participating in a productive, supportive and collegial mentoring experience.
These programs allow experienced teachers (mentors) who demonstrate mastery of pedagogical skills, subject matter, and interpersonal skills to provide guidance and support to entry-level teachers (interns) in their first or second year of teaching.
The State system of teacher certification has historically provided that a provisionally certified teacher may be employed full time in a public school. During initial employment, inexperienced novice teachers enter the classroom with full responsibility as practicing professionals and too often with little assistance to ease the transition from the preservice (theoretical) to service (application) phase of their careers. The additional support provided through these teacher mentoring programs is intended to encourage retention of competent persons in teaching, and enhance teachers' skill levels at an earlier point in their development.
Grant awards to applicant districts are distributed competitively based on quality and adherence to the statutory and regulatory guidelines.
State Statute: Education Law §3033
State Regulation: 8NYCRR Part 85
NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS SERVED: 29 School Districts (2014-15)