Tucson Unified Teacher Mentors
All new teachers in the Tucson Unified School District upon their hiring are enrolled in the Tucson Unified Induction/Mentoring Program. This is a two-year induction program for teachers new to the profession.
The Tucson Unified School District believes that a period of induction is important for all new teachers and teachers new to the district. Teacher induction provides assistance and encouragement to teachers in the initial stages of their professional journey within the district to promote teacher effectiveness. Tucson Unified also believes that new teachers benefit from the opportunity to collaborate with veteran teachers. To that end, all new teachers are provided a mentor to support them in their teaching. Teachers are introduced to mentors at the Tucson Unified 4-Day New Teacher Induction. Teachers who attended Induction and new teachers hired after the 4-Day Induction will be contacted by their mentor to set up their first meeting.
The Tucson Unified Induction/Mentoring Program provides ongoing professional development for teachers through formal mentoring and opportunities to participate in seminars and study groups. As educators we continue to develop professionally throughout our careers. The Tucson Unified School District believes that teachers who engage in reflective practice gain insight to their teaching and become more effective teachers.