Promoting strong networks of pre-service teachers and professionals
The Werklund Mentorship Program provides mentorship opportunities for students in our Bachelor of Education Program. Students are able to participate in the Alumni-to-Student Program, where alumni, partner teachers, and community members mentor final year students.
As a participant in the program, you will:
- Examine how to navigate the next stage of your career as an educator
- Develop lasting connections as part of your broader professional network
As a mentor in the program, you will:
- Develop your leadership skills and staff development capacity
- Support pre-service teachers as they navigate their coursework and moving into the profession
It is important to note the difference between our Mentorship program and our Partner Teacher program. Partner Teachers are a formal and structured relationship between In-Service and Pre-Service Teachers. Partner Teachers bring the Pre-Service Teachers into their classrooms and introduce them to professional life as a teacher. Mentors are a more informal relationship that is an optional part of a student's degree experience. Mentorship does not involve grading or reporting, and is only approximately one meeting per month. These meetings take place virtually for now, but could take place in person in the future.
Use the "Register Here" button below to access the Mentorlink platform. Once on the platform, click the green "Join Program" button to access the Werklund-specific Mentorship Program.
Answer a few questions about what interests you, and what you hope to gain from mentoring. This helps us match you to someone with similar teaching areas and interests.
2: We Match You
Professional mentors will be matched with Pre-Service Teachers in their final year of the program. We use the Mentorlink platform to support the matching and communication processes. There are also a number of resources available on Mentorlink.
3: Get Connected
Mentees will initiate contact with their mentor once they've been matched. Pairs determine how and when to connect. We recommend at least 6 meetings, usually once per month. Communication is key to a successful mentorship.
2020 - 2021 Timeline
Program Runs: January 2021* to April 2021
Mentee Applications Due: October 1, 2020
Mentor Applications Due: December 11, 2020*
Orientation Session: December 17, 2020*
Matches Announced: December 18, 2020*
Check-In #1: February 25, 2021
Wrap-Up Session: April 7, 2021
*This program timeline was altered due to COVID-19 considerations
2021 - 2022 Timeline
Program Runs: October 2021 to April 2022
Mentee Applications Due: October 3, 2021
Mentor Applications Due: October 3, 2021
Orientation Session: October 6, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Matches Announced: October 8, 2021
Check-In #1: December 2021
Check-In #2: February 2022
Wrap-Up Session: April 2022
Our professional journey is enhanced by meaningful relationships that leave a mark on us. Both teacher mentor and beginning teacher mentee can benefit immensely from a reciprocal relationship, helping set beginning teachers on a path for successful integration into the profession and community.
Kelly Bobke BEd, ’85