T-PREP: The Partnership for Rural Educator Preparation

T-PREP collaborates with rural districts to build the capacity of teacher leaders to take on the role of mentors for teacher candidates and first year novice teachers.

In 2011 T-PREP created Mentoring Pre-Service and Novice Teachers training to equip experienced teachers and school leaders with research-based knowledge and skills for their role as mentors to the new teachers. The content of the training is aligned with teacher quality standards and Colorado performance-based standards. The training is offered in online, hybrid and face-to face formats which are organized under the following three guided experiences that must be completed sequentially:

  • The Role of the Mentor
  • Shifting Responsibilities
  • Retaining Teacher Talent

All three guided experiences include research-based readings, activities, reflections, assignments and built-in assessments. All modules are facilitated by a content expert which allows mentors to receive ongoing feedback and guidance.

Since 2011 a total of 92 mentors have been trained in the following 50 rural districts.
AguilarLa Veta
AlamosaLas Animas School District
Big sandyMiami Yoder
CenterMonte Vista
CherawMorgan County
CotopaxiMountain Valley
CreedeNorth Conejos
Crowley CountyPeyton
Custer CountyPritchekk
Delta countyPrairie
Del NortePlat Valley
East Otero School DistrictPrimero
EdisonRocky Ford
FowlerSangre De Cristo
Genoa HugoSargent
HanoverSierra Grande
HoehneSouth Conejos
Karval School DistrictWiley
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