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Pre-K12 Mentorship Program

Cohort #4 Application has closed. Stay tuned for Cohort #5 application in Spring 2022.

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The program serves as a support system for PK-12 dance teachers with fewer than five years of experience (mentees) in the PK-12 field of dance education. It will also give dance teachers with five or more years of experience in PK-12 (mentors) an opportunity to reach out and assist new educators.

New PK-12 dance educators will be paired with experienced dance education mentors, basing matches on criteria such as similar job attributes, disposition and philosophical outlook, and needs. Both mentor and mentee should plan for a two year commitment, however it may continue and grow in an alternate form for as long as the participants wish.

Click Here to Read the Background of the PreK-12 Mentorship Program

Click Here to View Videos of a Current Mentor and Mentee

Mentors

As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to draw from your experience as an educator as you guide a newer dance teacher, significantly contributing to the sustainability of the PK-12 dance education field. If you work in a district with a qualified teacher evaluation system, your participation in the NDEO PK – 12 Mentorship Program may provide exceptional evidence of your service to the field, thus supporting strong ratings.

Mentees

We learn something new every day. This is especially so during the first few years of teaching in PK-12 as you work to juggle teaching responsibilities, curriculum development, program administration, performance productions and your teacher evaluation and tenure process. As a mentee, you will have the support of an experienced mentor/coach selected to match your personal disposition and current teaching situation.

Goals of the Mentorship Program

  • To provide a support system for dance educators with fewer than 5 years of experience.
  • To provide dance educators with 5 or more years of experience the opportunity to assist new dance educators and examine their own teaching strategies and perspectives.
  • To lower the overall attrition of PK-12 dance educators and teaching positions to increase the stability and sustainability of dance education and provide equity of dance education to every child.

Application and Guidelines

Next application will be available in Spring 2022 for Cohort #5.  The application contains several short and long response questions in regards to environment, teaching philosophy, strengths as an educator, and more. 

Each mentor/mentee will need to agree the following guidelines if selected:

  • 2 year commitment
  • remain a member of NDEO
  • review the training powerpoint presentations and webinars
  • set goals and expectations with mentor/mentee
  • communicate with mentor/mentee partner weekly
  • complete and submit google log forms monthly
  • utilize Basecamp for communication
  • attend 4 Zoom meetings a year

A Mentor or Mentee may be removed from the program for not adhering to the above listed guidelines.

Not a current NDEO Member? First, sign up For NDEO Membership, OR renew your expired membership before you complete the application. Both Mentor and Mentee must be current NDEO members to apply and remain members throughout the duration of the relationship.