WHO CAN MENTOR?
Mentors are current or former reading specialists who have been trained in structured literacy or are licensed as Reading Specialists. Unfortunately, the definition and qualifications for licensure differ by state and jurisdiction. In D.C., OSSE offers a reading specialist license, but many other accreditations may qualify you to become a mentor. If you have questions about your qualifications, please simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentors are reading specialists that have seen the positive effects of structured literacy and know how much learning the code can change a child's life. Mentors collaborate with Reading Clinic staff, other mentors, and Aspiring Reading Specialist to ensure that quality instruction is being taught, modeled, and delivered to students. Mentors will complete the semester knowing they have drastically improved one teacher's practice and influenced hundreds more students. New mentors are paid a $2,000 stipend at the end of their service.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
Mentors collaborate with Aspiring Reading Specialists in approximately 10 in-person meetings during the semester. Those meetings include a brief meet and greet, collaboration at 3 Tuesday night classes, modeling of 4 sessions, 2 in-person observations, 1-3 videotaped observations, and other touch-points as needed. Mentors also provide lesson guidance for all lessons and 3 follow-up in-person or videotaped observations at the Aspiring Reading Specialists’ school.
Mentors are invited to apply from a pool of current mentors and licensed reading specialists. If you are interested in mentoring and believe you meet the requirements above, please email for more information.