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(105 ILCS 5/21A-20)
Each new teacher induction and
mentoring program must be based on a plan that at least does all of the
(1) Assigns a mentor teacher to each new teacher for
a period of at least 2 school years.
(2) Aligns with the Illinois Professional Teaching
Standards, content area standards, and applicable local school improvement and professional development plans, if any.
(3) Addresses all of the following elements and how
(A) Mentoring and support of the new teacher.
(B) Professional development specifically
designed to ensure the growth of the new teacher's knowledge and skills.
(C) Formative assessment designed to ensure
feedback and reflection, which must not be used in any evaluation of the new teacher.
(4) Describes the role of mentor teachers, the
criteria and process for their selection, and how they will be trained, provided that each mentor teacher shall demonstrate the best practices in teaching his or her respective field of practice. A mentor teacher may not directly or indirectly participate in the evaluation of a new teacher pursuant to Article 24A of this Code or the evaluation procedure of the public school.
(Source: P.A. 93-355, eff. 1-1-04.)