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    Subdivision 1. Program. The commissioner of education shall select up to four school
districts, or partnerships of school districts, for the purpose of assisting other school districts in
the region with the development of thorough and effective teacher mentoring programs. The
commissioner shall use geographic balance and proven teacher induction programs as criteria
when selecting the sites. One site must include the Brainerd teacher support system, which has
been cited by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as a model program and was one of only six
programs in the nation to be recognized for the 2004 NEA-Saturn/UAW partnership award. The
sites shall be known as schools mentoring schools regional sites.
The sites shall provide high quality mentoring assistance programs and services to other
nearby school districts for the development of effective systems of support for new teachers. The
sites shall offer coaching/mentor training, in-class observation training, and train-the-teacher
opportunities for teams of participating teachers. The sites shall use their recognized experience
and methods to equip schools to work with their own new and beginning teachers. The
commissioner shall review and report annually to the legislature on the operation of each training
    Subd. 2. Revenue. A school district that is selected to participate in the schools mentoring
schools program under this section may utilize its professional compensation revenue under
section 122A.414, subdivision 4, to pay regional training sites for staff development and training
History: 1Sp2005 c 5 art 2 s 47; 2007 c 146 art 11 s 1

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