Become a Mentor Teacher


The Mentor Teacher role provides a unique professional development opportunity for excellent, experienced teachers to support, coach, and model best practices for a resident. Far beyond a typical cooperating teacher role, the re-envisioned mentor role is a professional opportunity that not only aids in teacher retention, but also improves instructional practice.

We are looking for high-performing educators to serve as Mentor Teachers to achieve our mission of developing profession-ready teachers to serve students in KC schools. As a Mentor Teacher, you will fully understand your Resident’s program outcomes, as well as co-teach, observe, provide meaningful feedback, model best practices, and coach your resident effectively.

As a Mentor Teacher you will:

  • Make an impact on the development and growth of future teachers in Kansas City
  • Receive a $3,000 stipend
  • Receive continuous professional development and coaching, including direct coaching and feedback on the support and coaching of your Resident

To be eligible, Mentor Teachers must:

  • Have taught at the host school for two or more years with a minimum of three years teaching experience
  • Have achieved impressive student achievement results
  • Be committed to hosting a resident for an entire year
  • Been endorsed by your building leadership to apply to be a Mentor Teacher
  • Participate in professional development sessions
  • Sign up for an in-person interview by Monday, May 15th
  • Successfully complete a classroom observation, lesson plan feedback protocol, and in-person interview
  • Demonstrate your comfort with: technology integration, co-teaching, collaboration, and ability to communicate with adult learners

Important time commitments:

July 9-13th , 2018
Summer Institute
Five full days in the month of July, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Two Saturdays, per semester
Professional Learning Community
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


The Mentor Teacher recruitment window opens on Monday, March 12th and will close on Friday, April 6th. Observations and interviews will take place during the months of April and May.

Returning Mentor Teachers

Returning Mentor Teachers may submit an application to be considered for the 2018-19 Residency by clicking the “apply” button below.


New Mentor Teachers

New Mentor Teachers will be considered so long as they have worked in one of our partnering districts or CMOs for at least two years and have been teaching for at least three years.