The mentor’s role is to provide guidance, support and resources so that the protégé will be better prepared to meet the needs of students with visual impairments.
Who can be a mentor?
TVIs and O&M Specialists are qualified to be mentors in their field if they have the following:
- Commitment to serve as a mentor for two years
- Four years of experience as a TVI or O&M Specialist
- Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (COMS) preferred
- Written administrative approval and support
What are the benefits for mentors?
- Opportunity to provide leadership for positive change and innovative practices to insure quality VI services
- Increases behavioral, pedagogical and content knowledge through collaboration with WCBVI coordinators, other mentors, and proteges
- Earn A.C.V.R.E.P points for recertification
What are the time requirements for the mentor?
- Attend a 1 ½ day mentor training during the summer prior to being assigned a protege, and annual refresher training
Minimum contact between mentor and protege includes the following:
- One introductory meeting at the beginning of the relationship
- A minimum of one informal observation of the protégé teaching a lesson during the period of performance school year
- One additional meeting (e.g., at a conference or workshop)
- A minimum of two routine contacts per month (e.g., email, phone, in person, virtual platform, etc.)
- End of the year meeting with protege
Mentor will receive monetary compensation for each protege they support
Apply to be a mentor:
Please submit the following 3 forms.