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Minnesota Mentorship Program


The Minnesota Mentor Program (MMP) will continue in the 2019-2020 school year to provide research-based support to special educators.

Of the 60 educators who benefited from mentorship through the MMP in the first three cohorts (2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018), 95% were still teaching in Minnesota’s schools during the 2018-2019 school year.

During the 2018–2019 school year, 25 mentors and 38 protégés in licensure areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI), Developmentally/Cognitively Delayed (DCD), Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH), and Physical/Health Disabilities (PHD) participated in the Minnesota Mentor Program (MMP).

We are excited to announce that the MMP will continue in the 2019-2020 school year! Educators who are licensed, or who are seeking licensure in one of the 5 areas listed above are welcome to apply to the 2019-2020 MMP.

We need your help in identifying mentors and protégés to participate in the MMP next school year. Please pass this information on to the ASD, BVI, DCD, DHH, and PHD teachers in your district or region, and forward participant recommendations to Kayna Plaisted.

Mentor applicants must:

  • Have approval from their direct supervisor. Access the Supervisor Recommendation Website.
  • Currently be working in Minnesota as a licensed ASD, BVI, DCD, DHH, or PHD teacher
  • Have at least 5 years of teaching experience in the licensure area
  • Be willing to connect with 1 or 2 protégés a minimum of 12 times per year
  • Be available for a 1-day MMP Workshop in August 2019
  • Complete and return all necessary paperwork. Access the Mentor Application Website.

Protégé applicants can be:

  • Current students or recent graduates of teacher preparation programs and working in MN, or
  • Licensed in one of the included licensure areas for less than 3 years, or
  • Geographically isolated or experienced ASD, BVI, DCD, DHH, PHD teacher who have specific skill set needs

Protégé applicants must:

Contact Information

Kayna Plaisted, Professional Development Facilitator
612-638-1538, kayna.plaisted@metroecsu.org

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