Director Mentor Information Session
The California Early Childhood Mentor Program
Online Director Mentor Information Sessions 2013-2014!
Director Mentor Information Sessions will be offered this year to recruit potential Director Mentors and provide information about how to apply. Each session provides:
• Context of the Director Mentor component in the Mentor Program
• Purpose and goals of the program for ECE administrators
• Expectations of Director Mentors
• Stipends, professional development, and other benefits for Director Mentors
• Requirements to apply to become a Director Mentor and application procedures
• How the Mentor Program uses the Program Administration Scale (Talan and Bloom, 2004, 2011) to select and re-certify Director Mentors (includes a copy of the second edition for every participant and a brief training on its use)
Once selected by the Mentor Program Selection Committee in her/his community, a Director Mentor works with less experienced Directors, Site Supervisors, Assistant Directors, Large Family Child Care Providers, or experienced Directors who are facing new challenges, to provide support, suggest resources, and encourage the Protégé Director to gain the skills and confidence needed to succeed. Director Mentors receive a stipend for their work with Protégés, as well as opportunities for professional growth and participation in the community of Director Mentors.
** Minimum qualifications to apply to become a Director Mentor: Experience in a supervisory position at an Early Childhood Education facility for at least three years and completion of at least three units of ECE administration and supervision. You do not need to be currently employed in ECE in order to qualify to apply.
Online Director Mentor Information Session FAQs
What is the Director Mentor Program?
The Director Mentor Program is funded by the California Early Childhood Mentor Program. The Program selects experienced Directors and provides stipends for them to mentor new Directors or Directors facing new challenges. Mentoring may take place in face-to-face meetings, on the phone, via email, or some combination of all of the above. Payment for mentoring is limited by local budgets. Director Mentors also participate in face-to-face and web-based training and professional development activities with colleagues throughout California.
What Will Happen during this Session?
A senior staff member of the California Early Childhood Mentor Program will provide general information about the Mentor Program and specific information and insights about Director Mentors:
» What is mentoring?
» Who do Director Mentors mentor?
» How do I become a Director Mentor?
» What would be my responsibilities and rewards?
All registrants will receive a copy of the Program Administration Scale (Talan and Bloom, Second Edition, 2011) prior to the Webinar.
Why Should I Participate?
If you participate in a Webinar, complete a brief survey after participating, and meet the initial qualifications to apply to become a Director Mentor** you will be invited to attend a one-day Director Mentor Institute (DMI). The DMI is one full day of intensive and interactive training on mentoring techniques. Completing a DMI will qualify you to apply to become a Director Mentor.
How much does it cost? There is a non-refundable $20 registration fee for meeting materials.
What do I get when I register? You will receive a confirmation email as soon as you register. This email will provide you with links to meeting materials and log-on instructions. A copy of the Program Administration Scale (Talan and Bloom, Second Edition, 2011) will be mailed to you prior to the meeting.
What if I already attended an Information Session?
- If you attended a Director Mentor Information Session after 2008, you do not need to participate in an Online Session.
- Not sure? You would have a received a certificate of completion.
- Still not sure? Please contact Ellen Morrison at email@example.com .
- If you would like to participate in a webinar to refresh your memory, you are welcome to do so at no cost. However, meeting materials will not be mailed to you. Updated materials will be sent as email attachments.
- You will receive an invitation to the Director Mentor Institute (DMI). Two DMIs will be held this academic year: Chabot College in Hayward on December 7, 2013 and Cerritos College in Norwalk on February 1, 2014. Director Mentor Institutes are INVITATION ONLY.
More questions? Email Ellen Morrison firstname.lastname@example.org
California Early Childhood Mentor Program
The California Early Childhood Mentor Program is funded by the California Department of Education, Child Development Division, with Federal Block Grant funds for quality improvement. Our mission is to enhance the quality of Early Care and Education (ECE) for all children and families. We support the existing and developing ECE workforce by providing relevant, high quality mentoring services to the Early Care and Education community. Our long-term goal is to provide high quality relationship-based mentoring support to every Early Care and Education student, educator, or administrator in California who wants such support. Learn more at our website, www.ecementor.org.