Posted: September 16, 2016 by IA-TPA Support

Calling All Mentors to Join the IA-TPA Field Trial!

Starting in the 2016-17 school year, mentors will be able to provide direct feedback to their beginning teachers when reviewing their submissions for the IA-TPA. The primary purpose of this tool is to enhance the professional conversations between mentors and their teachers by providing feedback on the actual work that beginning teachers do and enable teachers to see their work through their mentor’s eyes.

Participating mentors will be provided with training on the IA-TPA rubrics to support their review of their teachers’ submissions. During the training, mentors will have the opportunity to score sample submissions and learn about how the IA-TPA rubrics define levels of teacher development against the key indicators of teacher success.

Some of the key benefits of participating as a mentor is that it offers a rich opportunity to: 1) understand how their beginning teachers are applying their skills in the classroom, 2) learn how to identify evidence of practice and provide feedback based on the IA-TPA rubrics, and 3) help the state create a firm definition of quality instruction.

If you and your beginning teacher are interested in participating in the field trial, click on the Sign Up to Lead button on the Mentors page and complete the sign up form. We would also encourage you to review the Rater section of the website to learn more about this pilot and the FAQ to answer some of the questions you might have.