MPA District Mentoring Resources

TEA has compiled some resources for districts to use in their beginning teacher induction and mentoring programs. Each of these resources is free and optional to use. If districts are interested in applying for the Mentor Program Allotment (MPA), they may use these resources and reference them in their application. However, please note that these resources alone will not meet the MPA district application approval criteria for mentor training programs.  

Resource Name & Source

Possible Use

Additional Notes

Teacher Induction Program Standards  


The New Teacher Center

  • Self-assess the current design and implementation of your induction program using the standards.
  • Develop or refine the vision, goals, and model of your induction program.
  • Develop professional learning experiences for beginning teachers and staff that support them. 
  • Measure progress & engage in continuous improvement.  
  • Share the standards with mentors and beginning teachers to better understand the vision for excellence.
  • On NTC’s website, enter your information to download the standards

Mentor Practice Standards 


The New Teacher Center

  • Prioritize areas of focus for your district and mentor development.
  • Develop criteria used for mentor recruitment and selection.
  • Identify topics for mentor training.
  • Orient mentors to the standards to develop a vision and common language around high-quality mentor practices.
  • Ask mentors to self-assess and set professional goals using the standards. 
  • Coach mentor teachers using the standards.
  • Evaluate the district’s mentor program progress & engage in continuous improvement.
  • On NTC’s website, enter your information to download the standards

Effective Schools Framework 


Texas Education Agency

  • Consider how your induction and mentoring program fits into your broader school-based continuous improvement efforts.  
  • Consider how the mentor and induction program fits into broader human capital strategies aligned to Foundational Essential Actions 1.1 and 1.2. 
  • Intentionally plan to use mentors to support other ESF essential actions, such as 5.1 (objective-driven lesson plans with formative assessments).
  • 1.1: Develop campus instructional leaders with clear roles and responsibilities 
  • 2.1: Recruit, select, assign, induct, and retain a full staff of highly-qualified educators

Texas Teach Like a Champion Online Mentor Start Here Guide (PDF or Word


Texas Teach Like a Champion Online (website)


TEA & Teach Like a Champion

  • Preview the Start Here Guide and consider how to train mentors and administrators on this resource including how to register, an in-depth overview of the modules, practice using the modules, and practice providing observation feedback. 
  • Consider including a preview of TX TLAC Online to beginning teachers during induction meetings.
  • Provide release time for mentors to observe beginning teachers and/or encourage the use of technology for virtual observations and feedback.


TEKS Guide 


Texas Education Agency

  • Provide mentors and beginning teachers with an overview of the TEKS Guide using the seven-minute “Tour the TEKS Guide.” 
  • During training, provide mentor teachers with specific examples of how to use this tool with beginning teachers (e.g., developing formative assessments, lesson planning). 
  • Include information about the TEKS Guide in your curriculum resources and guidance for beginning teachers.
  • TEKS Guide Beta is available for K-8 ELAR and K-6 SLAR
  • User Guide