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Utah -In the late 1980's a formal beginning teacher program was planned in Utah in which local districts would design their own programs. This work was an extension of the Utah Career Ladder which created teacher leadership roles like that of the mentor. The program addressed new teacher needs for the first two years, as well as requiring district evaluation of new teachers based on six observations a year and criteria of excellent teaching as defined by the state. The program also required higher education faculty in teacher education to provide their graduates field support and remediation if needed. The labor intensive nature of these requirements led to funding limitations which blocked the implementation of the mentor program requirements.
In the 1990's the state requirements are found in R277-509 "Certification of Student Teachers and Interns". These requirements call for 10 weeks of student teaching and for a culminating "preparatory" semester-long internship during which the novice teacher is supervised by a mentor and a faculty person from the intern's university teacher education program. The mentor must work with the intern at least 4 clock hours a week.
In 1998 the Utah Career Ladder is still being funded and supporting these types of projects. Contact the State Office of Education through their web site at <http://www.usoe.k12.ut.us>.
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