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Peer Support: Educator Mentorship
Peer Support is a mentorship and coaching program for educators of Indigenous students. Indspire pairs educators from across Canada based on their professional learning goals and provides support online to this learning community through webinars, discussion forums, and other professional development tools.
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“The experience of my mentor has provided my class with many opportunities to learn and speak our language. My mentor has great ideas on how to engage my learners by speaking our language. I like that she shares stories with me.”
Kristen Mineault, Mentee, AB, Teacher
A mentor is an enthusiastic educator who is willing to provide support and guidance to help shape the professional growth and development of another educator with the aim of improving student outcomes. Mentors inspire their mentees and facilitate academic, educational, and professional development. Mentors are well versed in leadership, teaching, and learning strategies, program development, curriculum, local culture, language and traditions, and the learning environments of Indigenous students both in rural and urban settings. Through the relationship that develops between mentor and mentee, an opportunity for collaboration grows.
Mentors provide the following: (Click on each to get more information)
The following are criteria for participation in the program as a mentor:
Whether you are just starting out, are mid-career, or are embarking on a new learning journey, being a mentee is a great way to enhance your commitment to education and professional growth. Relationships developed with your mentor and become channels for change and opportunity, with the ultimate goal of facilitating student achievement.
Mentees can be any of the following:
For both mentors and mentees, Indigenous ancestry is an asset but not a requirement; partners in Indigenous education are welcome to participate.
The program requires mentors and mentees to follow the steps below, which were developed by Indspire as a framework for success to facilitate a positive collaborative relationship:
Mentors and mentees will be introduced by email. The mentor should initiate contact with the mentee within one month of receiving this email.
It will provide all of the information needed to guide a collaborative learning journey and establish a positive learning relationship.
Create an account in Indspire’s K-12 Institute (visit indspire.ca/institute), which is a professional learning community that connects educators of Indigenous students with programs, information, and tools to improve educational outcomes and increase high school completion rates.
Communicate and collaborate with one another at least once per month. Choose specific dates and times to meet, whether it be by phone, Skype, in person, etc.
All mentors and mentees are required to watch the orientation webinar available on Indspire’s website and are expected to participate in at least two other monthly professional development webinars during the program.
The Program Coordinator will contact mentors and mentees 2-3 times during the year to see how you are both doing.
Sometimes personalities may not be compatible. If either party feels that the match is not working, please contact the Program Coordinator as soon as possible. We will make every effort to address any such concerns and/or find a more suitable match.
There are three online surveys for mentors/mentees to complete during the program year.
Mentors and mentees will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program year. Upon completion of each of the three surveys, mentors will receive a $200 professional development honorarium to use at their discretion (i.e. $600 total). Mentees are entered into a draw for a prize to be drawn at the end of the program year.
For more info, please contact us:
firstname.lastname@example.org | 1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747) x020