STATEHOUSE (April 25, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law Monday establishing a new educator mentorship pilot program, according to the bill’s author State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger).
House Enrolled Act 1449 will lend support to first-time educators by creating a pilot program that will allow new teachers and administrators to be assigned a mentor for their first two years. The law will direct the Indiana Department of Education to develop a rigorous mentor selection process, manageable workloads for both the mentee and mentor, and direct school districts to conduct training for mentors.
“I worked closely with educators this session to create a program that really benefits new teachers and, ultimately, Hoosier children,” DeVon said. “Mentorship programs are a great way for educators and administrators to have an established support system of experienced teachers to help them throughout the beginning of their career and ensure they succeed.”
This pilot program will be created within the state’s Career Pathways and Mentorship Program, which works to improve the statewide retention of experienced classroom teachers by providing them with additional responsibilities, such as mentoring younger colleagues. The Career Pathways and Mentorship Program was enacted by a 2016 law also authored by DeVon.
A 2014 survey released by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year and the American Institutes for Research indicated that 55 percent of new teachers listed “access to a mentor” as having the largest impact on developing their effectiveness as a teacher. A 2015 federal analysis found that beginning teachers who were assigned a first-year mentor were significantly more likely to remain in the profession than those who were not assigned a first-year mentor.
The new law will go into effect July 1, 2017. Visit iga.in.gov for more information about this law.
State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5,
which includes parts St. Joseph of county.
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