MPA Mentor Resources

Mentors may find the following resources helpful in their work with beginning teachers. If you have any feedback on these tools, please reach out TEA mentoring staff at


Possible Use

Additional Notes

Mentor Practice Standards  


The New Teacher Center

  • Develop a vision and common language around high-quality mentor practices.
  • Use the standards to self-reflect, set professional goals as a mentor, monitor progress, and engage in continuous improvement.

On NTC’s website, enter your information to download the standards

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


Texas Teach Like a Champion Online (website)

  • Use the online modules to coach and develop beginning teachers.
  • Identify one module to work on at a time. Beginning teachers complete the module, including live or videotaped practice that is sent to you for feedback. After providing feedback, observe the teacher and provide follow-up coaching. 
  • During observations and feedback, use the “Observing in Classrooms: A Guide for Mentors” document to identify success points and impact for teachers. Also refer to the Start Here guide for common pitfalls when implementing techniques.


TEKS Guide 


Texas Education Agency

  • Watch the seven-minute “Tour the TEKS Guide” with your mentee to familiarize them with the resource.
  • Use the TEKS Guide to help beginning teachers better understand different English Language Arts (ELAR) and/or Spanish Language Arts (SLAR) student expectations while internalizing or developing assessments, unit plans, and/or lesson plans. 
  • Explore assessment items by student expectation when reviewing, internalizing, or developing summative and formative assessments with beginning teachers. 
  • Help beginning teachers understand how to differentiate instruction by examining the alignments section.

• TEKS Guide Beta is available for K-8 ELAR and K-6 SLAR

User Guide