QUALITIES OF AN EFFECTIVE MENTOR• A Mentor has a positive attitude when assisting in creating working relationships with all staff and students.• A Mentor exhibits strong commitment to improving the partnership of a well-integrated team, increase others confidence and share in the celebration of their achievements.• A Mentor always displays a professional manner and maintains confidentiality at all times.• A Mentor has prior knowledge and experience to offer guidance, as well as recognizing others strengths to build upon.• A Mentor has good communication skills and interpersonal skills to listen, understand, reflect, and share with others.• A Mentor is approachable, conveys enthusiasm and has a good sense of humor. THE MENTOR ACTS AS A CHANGE AGENT through effective communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative problem solving. BENEFITS OF A SUCCESSFUL MENTOR PROGRAM• A Mentor program is most successful when the Mentors are selected for their knowledge, expertise, communication and interpersonal skills and is most effective given appropriate mentor training.• Mentoring promotes professionalism while increasing collaboration and decreasing isolation.• Mentors communicate accurate information to staff, providing a set of clear expectations of the roles and responsibilities of that staff member.• A Mentor program can offer an increased knowledge of instructional and behavioral intervention strategies that promote student success.• A Mentor program supports the development of knowledge, skills and abilities needed to improve student learning.• Mentors provide encouragement and emotional support while encouraging others in increased confidence, communication, and problem-solving skills.• Mentors can establish collaborative relationships premised on trust, collegiality and confidentiality, in turn establishing a positive educational setting. Who benefits from a mentoring program? Administrators, teachers, service providers, paraeducators, and most importantly……………...THE STUDENTS!