CT COLT Networking Initiative

About

Join us in our mission to help provide leadership, growth, and support opportunities for all world language learners and teachers within the state of Connecticut.  This program is designed to offer early-career teachers personalized support in their current assignment and as a foundation for long-term professional growth. Mentors and mentees will be matched by language, level, interest, and location as best as possible. Ideally the mentor/mentee relationship will develop and change over time as they share their experiences and grow together as colleagues and expand their professional networks. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are due by August 15.

Participants from the 2018-2019 school year
Participants from the 2018-2019 school year
Goals of the Program
  • Build a language community to offer mentoring
  • Offer early-career teachers personalized support in their current assignment and as a foundation for long-term professional growth 
  • Create a supportive environment for rich conversations that lead to improvements in teaching and learning
  • Create authentic, real-life experience with passionate experts in the field 
  • Build professional networks and to offer networking events
Applications

Please follow the links below to apply for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications are due by August 15.

Mentors: click here to apply.

Mentees: click here to apply.

 

Requirements
  • To be considered a mentor, you need to have at least eight years of experience in the classroom and actively working in language education.

  • To be considered a mentee, you need to be currently teaching with fewer than five years of experience.

Benefits for Mentors
  • A certificate of participation
  • Letters sent to supervisors after completion of the one-year program
  • Acknowledgement at the CT COLT Fall Conference in 2021 and in email to all members
  • Leadership experience as a mentor working with new world language educators
  • Collaboration with a community of educators committed to enhancing world language instruction
  • Opportunities to work closely with world languages leaders around the state and across the country
  • Free one year membership to CT COLT
  • In light of the Covid pandemic, free registration for our 2020 Virtual Fall Conference (October 18-22)
Benefits for Mentees
  • A certificate of participation
  • Letters sent to supervisors after completion of the one-year program
  • Acknowledgement at the CT COLT Fall Conference in 2021 and in email to all members
  • Support, advice, coaching, and motivation from an experienced world language educator
  • Collaboration with a community of educators committed to enhancing world language instruction
  • Opportunities to work closely with world languages leaders around the state and across the country
  • Free one year membership to CT COLT
  • In light of the Covid pandemic, free registration for our 2020 Virtual Fall Conference (October 18-22)
Expectations
  • Participate in monthly collaborative meetings.
  • Document regular conversations between mentor and mentee to help provide feedback to program coordinators on professional development needs.
  • When possible, attend professional events, webinars, virtual conferences, etc, and meet to discuss. 
  • Mentors are responsible for conveying and upholding the standards, norms, and values of the profession.
  • Mentors are responsible for establishing and maintaining a level of trust and confidentiality that enables the mentees to speak freely about the problems they are facing, their frustrations and challenges without fear that others will learn about them.
  • Mentors nurture the talents and abilities of the mentees offering support, challenge, patience and enthusiasm while guiding them to new levels of competence.
  • Mentors are proactive sharing resources, articles, research, and professional development opportunities etc. that are beneficial for the mentee.
  • Mentors are leaders sharing their personal experiences, knowledge and skills while at the same time listening to the thoughts and experiences of the mentee.
  • Mentees will communicate openly and regularly with their mentor regarding their professional learning needs and day-to-day challenges.
  • Mentors and mentees will respond to communications from each other in a timely manner.
Program Coordinators
  • Rebecca Aubrey, AubreyR@CTColt.org, President-Elect of CT COLT, 2019 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, Spanish Teacher
  • Joseph Parodi-Brown, ParodiBrownJ@CTColt.org, CT COLT Social Media Specialist, Spanish Teacher

We hope you will consider participating in this program!  Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.