Mentoring (Community Information)

The Poudre School District Mentoring Program is dedicated to inspiring growth in PSD's new teachers and specialized service professionals. Through a variety of supports, the program prepares new staff members to be confident and highly effective educators.

To ensure that all educators are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in PSD, new teachers and specialized service professionals follow one of the program’s Pathways of Excellence. The Novice and Experienced Pathway provide intentional support and learning opportunities that promote professional growth and cultivate an understanding of the Standards-Based Teaching and Learning Framework.

Novice Pathway Educators who hold a Colorado Initial License or Colorado Interim License and have NOT completed a Colorado Induction Program

Requirements of the Novice Pathway:

  • Educator Orientation
  • Required PSD trainings
  • PSD Induction

Experienced PathwayEducators who hold a Colorado Professional License or have completed a Colorado Induction Program

Requirements of the Experienced Pathway:

  • Educator Orientation
  • Required PSD trainings


Induction is a body of work that demonstrates professional growth for all Novice Pathway teachers/specialized service professionals. Completing Induction is also the means to become eligible to apply for a Colorado Professional Teacher or Special Service Provider License.

Educators engaged in the PSD Induction program receive:

  • Two years of formal mentoring from an active practitioner in their area
  • Release time to observe the best practices of their mentoring partner and work collaboratively on the teaching and learning cycle, program development, and student assessment
  • Ongoing outreach with focused resources that promote the growth of strong roots in PSD

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For more information, watch the PSD TV video below or visit the New Educators web page here. For Mentoring Program Resources, please visit:


Contact Information

Mentoring Contact
Jennifer Needham | 970.490.3613 |