Teacher Mentorship Program

NYSCI has partnered with Queens College on a new teacher mentorship program. Experienced middle and high school science teachers will receive mentorship training and provide classroom opportunities for pre-service science teachers. Mentors will receive a $1,000 stipend for completing the program. To be eligible, teachers must be working in schools deemed to be High Needs Schools under the Race to the Top initiative.


Each mentor will:

  • Learn how to become an effective mentor, including how to provide feedback that leads to the professional growth of their mentee.
  • Learn how to provide support to their mentee in the process of lesson writing that is aligned with EdTPA Standards for the new NYS certification.
  • Learn how to structure observations to ensure that mentee is getting the most out of observing their mentors in the classroom.
  • Learn strategies for self-reflection and techniques for encouraging mentee to use reflection to refine their lessons.


Responsibility of each mentor:

  1. 1.     Mentor Training
  • Participation in an online learning community (all dates are required).
    • Three online synchronous sessions with NYSCI staff from 7 – 8:30 pm on September 17, October 1 and October 15.
    • Discussions and assignments between September 17 and November 12.
    • Culminating on-site session at NYSCI on Tuesday, November 12from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
  1. 2.     Mentorship
  • Each teacher in the program will be assigned one mentee for the fall semester and one for the spring semester.
  • In the fall, the mentee will observe the mentor daily and will be given specific observation points to note. The mentee will study two topics that will entail detailed observations of the mentor and the mentee will teach at least three lessons in each of the two units. Lessons taught by the mentee will be videotaped and then discussed in detail with the mentor.
  • In the spring semester, mentees will teach two classes for the majority of the semester.


Application Info

To apply, fill out the Teacher Mentorship Application form available at http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Degrees/Education/SEYS/Pages/SPIRITASMENTORTEACHERS.aspx. Preference will be given to the first 30 candidates who apply. For more information on the Teacher Mentorship Program, please contact Dr. David Laurenson at david.laurenson@qc.cuny.edu.