Mentor Program Allotment

House Bill (HB) 3 was passed by the 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, and signed into law by Governor Abbott on June 11, 2019. The following areas within HB 3 specifically relate to new teacher mentoring:  

  • Mentor Program Allotment (Texas Education Code (TEC), §48.114) 
  • Mentors (TEC, §21.458)
  • Proposed New 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §153.1011, Mentor Program Allotment 

Overview of the Mentor Program Allotment

  • The Mentor Program Allotment (MPA) is a new optional program for districts. If districts choose to follow the best practices in TEC, §21.458, they could qualify for MPA funds.
  • If district interest and eligibility exceed the state funding amount ($3M), priority will be given based on need. 
  • The MPA funding formula will provide districts with $1,800 per mentee, which can be used on mentor stipends, scheduled release time, and mentor training. Funding is intended to reduce districts costs for building and sustaining best practices in new teacher mentorship. 
  • Funds will be available for the 2020-2021 school year. Interested districts will need to apply for MPA funding in April 20, 2020 to June 8, 2020, and there will be an annual application window.   
  • HB 3 in 30 New Teacher Mentoring (YouTube) December 5, 2019
  • Presentation on New Teacher Mentoring (PDF) December 5, 2019

MPA FAQs

Application & Review Process 

  • The MPA application and guidelines was posted on April 20, 2020.
  • In the application, districts will describe how they will abide by the requirements of TEC, §21.458, including those around mentor selection and assignment, mentor training, mentor roles and responsibilities, and mentor program design and delivery. 
  • Priority points will be assigned based on district size, rural status, and percentage of the district’s student population that qualifies as economically disadvantaged. Points will be assigned on a scale. Please see the MPA guidelines below.  

Mentor Program Allotment Application  

Interested LEAs may apply April 20, 2020 to June 8, 2020 for the 2020-21 school year. See below for application requirements, directions, and additional information.  The next round of applications will likely open in fall 2020 for the 2020-21 school year.

MPA Application Documents

Part Title Document Directions
Part I Application Attachment A (PDF) Complete and upload Attachment A (PDF) to Qualtrics.
Part II Scope & Sequence Attachment B (Word)  Complete and upload Attachment B (Word) to Qualtrics.
Part III Campus Implementation List Attachment C (Excel) Only for LEAs intending to implement MPA on a subset of campuses: complete and upload Attachment C (Excel) to Qualtrics.
Part IV Qualtrics Link LEA's will use this tool to answer a few questions and upload the required attachments.

Additional Application Information  

Please review all documents prior to completing the MPA application parts. 

  1. Mentor Program Allotment Guidelines (PDF)
  2. Mentor Program Scoring Guide (PDF)
  3. LEA Priority Point List for MPA 
  4. MPA Application Webinar (PDF) 

Mentor Program Allotment Application Webinar
 


Contact Information  

Please reach out to MPA@tea.texas.gov with questions related to the Mentor Program Allotment.