Educator Mentor Training

Professional Development


State regulations require that districts provide new educators with mentoring and induction. For smaller districts, finding enough mentors and providing them with ongoing training and support can be a real challenge. This learning opportunity provides initial professional development and ongoing monthly support for educator mentors.

The course leader is a former full-release mentor who spent four years developing her mentoring practice PreK-12 with guidance from experts at the New Teacher Center. She has since coordinated the mentoring and induction programs in several MA districts.

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of the foundational literature and theories of educator mentoring.
  • Understand state regulations and district policy regarding their individual mentor programs.
  • Prepare for supporting the entry of new educators into their districts.
  • Understand the specific requirements of each district's mentoring program.
  • Build mentoring relationships that are grounded in trust, confidentiality, and the shared goal of mentee success.
  • Practice and conduct mentoring conversations that are purposeful and efficient.
  • Share problems of practice as a powerful means of improving mentor practice.
  • Increase the capacity of mentees to function as autonomous professionals in the workplace.

Audience and Grade Level

Educators and administrators who will serve as educator mentors; PreK-12


20 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training, in addition to outside reading and assignments (as per DESE regulations).

Date and Location

This workshop is fully online and will run September 28, 2021 through June 7, 2022. Virtual sessions will be held on the below dates:

  • September 28, 2021; 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • October 12, 2021; 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • November 9, 2021; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • December 7, 2021; 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • January 4, 2022; 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • February 8, 2022; 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • March 22, 2022; 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • April 5, 2022; 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • May 10, 2022; 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • June 7, 2022; 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Registration Deadline: Sept 21

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $600 for member districts, and $660 for non-member districts.


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    Joanne Blocker is a seasoned teacher and administrator with over 30 years of experience. Joanne was an elementary principal and a Director of Curriculum. Joanne supervised mentoring and new teacher induction programs at multiple school districts and has extensive experience building successful mentoring programs.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.