NEW RESOURCES: All MAINE SPECIAL ED MENTORS!
MACM is now supporting a Special Educator Mentor Online Community for all Maine special education mentors — no need to be affiliated with MACM.
Located on Schoology, this site offers resource collections, links to free online webinars (some of which offer CEUs and contact hours), and a discussion board where you can connect with mentor colleagues statewide.
TO JOIN: Create a free Schoology student account at schoology.com. Look for the University of Maine COEHD community, and Maine Special Educators 2019 group. Use the access code 7ZDC-X7H9-9D7B8.
MACM Mentor Handbook and Appendix
The Mentor Handbook and Appendix were developed for ALL special educatin mentors. The handboook features research-based information about novice special educator needs, resources for developing the mentoring relationship, observation resources, and tools for supporting your mentee. Feel free to share the Handbook with your local certification committee and adapt it to reflect your SAU’s policies and practices!
Important changes include the following:
- MACM mentors no longer conduct formal observations or fulfill any of the SAU’s mandated PEPG requirements, unless you are assigned by your district to fill this role. You are encouraged to observe or review video of your mentee teaching; these observations will familiarize you with your mentee’s teaching style, help with specific concerns identified by your mentee, and help you monitor progress. You and your mentee will decide when and how observations will occur.
- If you are mentoring outside your district, the mentee’s district will assign a local mentor for all district needs. You, as MACM mentor, will offer special education-specific guidance and support.
- You will log the date, time, and topics discussed for your mentee contacts and share this every month with the MACM Coordinator.
- You and your mentee will have a series of topical information modules available to you on the MACM online community site (also new). You should choose at least five of these information modules during the year to review together. More information on this will follow.
- You will send your invoice to the MACM Coordinator in December and June instead of sending directly to Maine DOE.
- There will be orientation days held September 7 (for those who have mentees assigned before that date) and another in late fall/early winter. You will attend one of these sessions with your mentee to get familiar with each other, with MACM, and with the various websites and kinds of technology you’ll use in MACM.
- Finally, you will have access to information about a number of professional development opportunities you may take during the year. Some of these may be about mentoring, many will not- just want to give you access to resources you may not otherwise see!
MACM Mentor Policies
MACM Mentors offer support, feedback, and share ideas and resources to mentees.
Mentors are expected to preserve the confidentiality of the mentor/mentee relationship.
The mentor is not expected to violate district, school, or teacher union policies in her or his role as mentor.
Mentors will not:
- conduct formal observations to meet the district’s requirements for annual evaluation purposes
- offer observations or information about the mentee with district personnel
- share mentor feedback to mentee with others
- share mentee reflections with others
- share anything that transpires between mentor and mentee without the expressed permission of the mentee
If the mentor observes something said or done by the mentee that is perceived as significantly unethical or troubling, or that causes the mentor concern about the mentee’s words or actions,
- the mentor will contact the MACM Coordinator to discuss the event and determine next steps.
- If further action is merited, the mentor will proceed as advised.
If the mentor observes something in the classroom that s/he suspects could be abuse or neglect,
- the mentor will proceed as directed in described Maine Title 22, Section 4011-A
- The mentor is not exempt from her or his obligation as a mandated in the event of suspected child neglect or abuse.
Mentors may ensure familiarity with Maine’s Mandated Reporter responsibilities for educators by reviewing the Maine DHHS Office of Child And Family Service’s online Mandated Reporter Training found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/mandated-reporters.shtml.