Oregon Department of Education

Title II-A - Mentoring


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This listserv will provide information on upcoming workshops, grant opportunities, latest research and frequently asked questions. To subscribe to the mailing list complete the process at http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/mailman/listinfo/oregon_mentoring_program


In 2007, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 2574 authorizing the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to establish a beginning teacher and administrator mentoring program. The Oregon Mentoring Project was started to provide support to beginning teachers, principals, and superintendents. In 2013, under the leadership of Governor John Kitzhaber, the Network of Quality Teaching and Learning was established. The Network provides funding for a comprehensive system of support for educators that creates a culture of leadership, professionalism, continuous improvement and excellence for teachers and leaders across the P-20 system. The Oregon Mentoring Program is an important component of this work. It is designed to support activities related to an evidence-based mentorship program for beginning teachers and administrators. The grants fund individual school districts or consortia comprised of school districts, ESDs, and universities. Grant-in-Aid has been allocated yearly beginning in 2008.

  • OR Revised Statutes 329
    This link provides the most recent Statutes regarding the mentoring program. Please reference ORS 329.788, 329.790, 329.795, 329.800, 329.805, 329.810, 329.815, 329.820 for laws specific to the mentoring program.

  • OR Administrative Rule 581-018
    This link provides the most recent Administrative rules regarding the mentoring program. Please reference OARs 581-018-0130 through 581-018-0151 for rules specific to the mentoring program.

Grant Announcements and Applications

The Oregon Beginning Teacher and Administrator Mentorship Program was established in 2007 through the passage of HB 2574. In 2015 the Oregon Legislature continued funding for the Oregon Mentorship Program through The Network for Quality Teaching and Learning (HB 3233). The grant program is designed to support evidence-based mentorship programs for beginning teachers and administrators.
  • Mentoring Program Standards Self-Appraisal Tool MS-Word  05/04/2016 (100.22 KB)
    The Self-Appraisal Tool can be used to self-evaluate mentoring projects based on the Oregon Mentoring Program Standards. The tool identifies strengths and weaknesses in current or proposed mentoring projects. Highlighted strengths and how gaps will be addressed can be included in the Mentoring grant application.

Oregon Mentoring Program Standards adopted!

At the August 2014, State Board of Education Meeting, the Oregon Mentoring Program Standards PDF were adopted! Mentoring Program Standards describe the structures and functions, processes, and effective practices necessary for a quality program. Effective mentoring is foundational to a quality program. An essential element of a mentoring program is a professional mentor who understands and utilizes the skills, strategies and tools necessary for the continuous development of teachers and administrators.

Mentoring Impact Information

  • Videos
    • Mentoring Works!    
      Students in Oregon deserve absolutely the best principals and teachers we can give them. The Oregon Mentoring Program can help make that happen. Fifty percent of beginning teachers leave the profession in their first five years. The Oregon Mentoring Program can change that. Teachers who have been mentored have greater gains in student achievement than teachers who have not been mentored. For the sake of the students, Mentoring Works!

Mentoring Network Meetings
Resources, information and documents related to the Oregon Mentoring Network meetings.

Professional Learning Opportunities New
Information on upcoming opportunities offered by the Oregon Department of Education.

Previously Funded Mentoring Grant Information

Resources & Research
This page contains resources, information, and documents/forms necessary to meet the criteria of the grant, and that sub-recipients are to use and turn in to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

Data Reports and Surveys
This page contains surveys and data collected from the mentoring projects.

  • Tanya Frisendahl Email    (503) 947-5754
    District and School Effectiveness - Education Specialist