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Mentor Application Criteria

Interested in being the difference for a beginning teacher? Please read the WELS Mentoring Selection Criteria to evaluate how you might serve as a trained instructional mentor.


Advance the culture of learning and instruction in WELS schools by fostering teachers’ faithfulness to their calling.


Qualified Instructional Mentor: The key to quality induction is quality mentoring. Therefore, a WELS mentor is required to take and complete the New Teacher Center mentor training. WELS mentors are specifically trained in instructional mentoring, coaching & observation, analyzing student work to guide instruction, designing and presenting professional development, among others. In addition, WELS mentors continue growing professionally by annually attending numerous workshops, classes, and conferences relating to current educational topics. They often hold a current state teaching license.

Professional Experience and Effective Practice:

  • Recognized as an exemplary Lutheran teacher by administrators and colleagues

  • Recognized as a Christian and professional role model by administrators, colleagues, and community  

  • Demonstrates the ability to collaborate with all members of a school community, sharing ideas, following through with responsibilities and affecting positive change

  • Reflects on own practice, invites feedback and establishes an open environment for others to observe effective instructional practices

  • Completed at least 3 years of effective classroom teaching  

Effective Interpersonal Communication Skills:

  • Listens attentively and asks questions that prompt reflection and understanding

  • Respects confidentiality and is able to maintain a Christian, trusting, professional relationship

  • Offers feedback with the intention to move teachers’ ministry and practice forward for increased student learning

Professional Characteristics:

  • Demonstrates a strong passion and commitment for professional growth, collaboration and learning   

  • Is willing to engage in training and study to increase the effectiveness of mentoring and coaching skills

  • Believes mentoring improves instructional practice for both the mentee and the mentor

  • Displays an understanding of the beginning stages of teacher development and its impact on student learning

  • Believes in the value of, and is willing to engage in, the formative assessment process with beginning teachers through reflective conversations and non-evaluative observations based on assessment evidence


The Commission on Lutheran Schools (CLS) covers the cost of trainings, reimburses substitute teacher expenses and mileage during 2013-2014 school year. A credit option is encouraged to receive an instructional mentoring certificate when applicable. Participants assume this cost.

If a school budget has professional development funding set aside, it is requested that the candidate seek school funds for at least one of the training sessions.

Roles & Responsibilities for WELS Instructional Mentor:

Instructional Mentor works with the beginning teacher and principal

  • Encourage beginning teachers to be faithful servants of Jesus Christ

  • Encourage the spiritual growth/development of new teachers

  • Coach and assist beginning teachers with curriculum development, classroom management, instructional strategies, lesson planning, assessment of student performance and all aspects of their professional development

  • Assist/support beginning teachers in developing a learning goal

  • Assist/support beginning teachers in developing a Ministry Development Plan

  • Assist the beginning teachers to maintain a reflective journal/FAS portfolio

  • Plan, participate in and facilitate support in professional development activities for beginning teachers

  • Participate in principal/instructional mentor/beginning teacher orientation

  • Provide feedback on program effectiveness with principals, lead mentors and Commission on Lutheran Schools office

  • Comply with Commission on Lutheran Schools Mentor Accountability Log

Personal and professional growth of the instructional mentor

  • Participate in mentor forums

  • Participate in mentor trainings

  • Participate and complete the mentoring certificate program

  • Collaborate with trained mentors as appropriate to assist with beginning teachers support


  • Develop a reflective and trusting partnership with beginning teachers

  • Maintain confidentiality as outlined by the mentor program (NTC training)

Contact Info

NTI Coordinator
(507) 354-8221 x352