The goal of the ACTFL Mentoring Program is to help early career language educators succeed in their current assignments and learn the skills to be successful long-term in their education profession careers.
Mentors and mentees are matched based upon language, level, and location as best as possible. In making the match between a mentor and a mentee we look at the environment in which the participants teach, the needs of the mentee, and the skills of the mentor. The introductory meeting should take place by phone or Skype, after which the mentor and mentee will determine the best form and frequency of communication for them both. It is expected that most communication will take place by e-mail and at a minimum once a month. Mentees should be within their first five years of classroom instruction and new to teaching.
Mentors and mentees who find themselves attending the same conference, being in the same city are encouraged to get together.
We realize that the dynamics of any relationship can be very complicated and unseen factors can affect the success of this relationship. As a successful mentoring program depends greatly on the relationship between the mentee and the mentor, either the mentee or the mentor may ask ACTFL to reassign them if the relationship isn’t beneficial. We ask that participants give the relationship a minimum of three (3) months before asking to be reassigned.
Mentoring program participants receive an ebook copy of Keys to the Classroom as well as supplemental materials. All discussion and work takes place through email and the ACTFL Community.
All mentoring relationships will last for one (1) school year.
Eligibility for mentees:
- Must be within their first five years of teaching. Exceptions can be made for special circumstances; please include an explanation of the circumstances with your application.
- Must be a current ACTFL member and must maintain ACTFL membership for the duration of the program.
Please note this mentoring program is different from the distance learning mentoring program. Online language instructors who are new to online teaching are encouraged to participate in the distance learning mentoring program. This program is for educators in a traditional classroom setting. Mentor applications will open May 27 - July 22 on the volunteer portal, please check back then if you are applying as a mentor.