Mentor/Facilitator/Colleague Selection Process

Program Coordinators are responsible for assigning each Resident Educator a partner who will serve as that teacher’s Mentor, Facilitator, or Colleague for the school year. The description of each role is slightly different. Program Coordinators should attempt to find the best possible match between the Mentor and the Resident Educator based on the needs of the Resident Educator.   


When selecting Mentors for Resident Educators, please consider the following:

  • A Mentor is assigned to every Resident Educator in program years 1 and 2.
  • A Mentor provides ongoing instructional support through differentiated mentoring activities that allow Resident Educators to grow and practice the profession of teaching.
  • A Mentor must be state-trained by completing the two-day state Instructional Mentoring Academy. See certification requirements.
  • Program Coordinators may use the Mentor Selection Tool to aid them with selecting appropriate Mentors for Resident Educators.

For more details about Mentors, please visit:


When selecting Facilitators for Resident Educators, please consider the following:

  • A Facilitator works with Resident Educators registered to take the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA), which is required in year 3 per House Bill 64. 
  • A Facilitator should be knowledgeable about the RESA requirements. See RESA details here.
  • A Facilitator may use the online Facilitators Training, the RESA Participant Guide, and the RESA Instrument Handbook to aid them in knowing the appropriate support to provide to Resident Educators. The RESA Participant Guide and RESA Instrument Handbook are developed by Educopia and posted to their website at

For more details about Facilitators, please visit:


When selecting Colleagues for Resident Educators, please consider the following:

  • A Colleague is assigned to Resident Educators who are in the final year of residency and not taking RESA (typically year 4). 
  • A Colleague works with Resident Educators to explore various leadership activities within the school/district/state. 
  • A Colleague may use the online Learn to Lead module to help their Resident Educator explore leadership opportunities.
  • A Colleague has no official training requirements and may be selected by the Resident Educator if the district allows.

For more details about Colleagues, please visit:

Last Modified: 12/13/2017 3:39:56 PM