The program will serve as a support system for dance teachers with fewer than five years of experience in the PK-12 field of dance education. It will also give dance teachers with five or more years of experience in PK-12 an opportunity to reach out and assist new educators.
With the National Dance Education Organization’s leadership and technical support, the mentorship committee will select twenty five mentors and mentees for a test pilot based on the applications received. It is our hope that the mentor/mentee relationship will be ongoing and enriching. Both mentor and mentee should plan for a two year commitment, however it may continue and grow in an alternate form for as long as the participants wish. If the pilot is deemed a success, the plan is to expand the number of mentor/mentee relationships.
New PK-12 dance educators will be paired with experienced dance education mentors, basing matches on criteria such as similar job attributes, disposition and philosophical outlook, and needs.
To read more about the background for this project, Mentorship Pilot Program - Background Document