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Mansfield Independent School District


Human Resources

KEEPS Program Design

Our Mission

The MISD Induction/Mentoring Program is uniquely designed to provide the support and mentoring necessary for the growth and development of teachers. It is the goal of MISD to attract, support and retain the very best educators. The KEEPS Program will provide ongoing knowledge-based encounters that will saturate incoming teachers with a network of support to foster personal and professional success.

Our Goals

  • To provide a network of professional resources for incoming teachers to access information and receive training and mentoring

  • To provide ongoing knowledge-based encounters between incoming teachers and mentors to improve teacher performance

  • To ensure a rewarding and successful first year teaching experience in order to retain quality educators in the profession

  • To ensure that the needs of all students are being met

Program Components & Mentoring Support

Program Components

  • Central Office Director/Program Developer
  • Campus or Cluster KEEPS Program Advisor1 to 1 Mentor-Mentee relationship
  • District welcome and program orientation
  • Professional growth resources/texts
  • Release time for collaboration/observation
  • New teacher networking opportunities
  • District-level workshops and conferences
  • Needs assessments and program evaluations
  • Mutual support and professional growth of mentor and mentee
  • Mid-year and year-end appreciation events
  • Program trinkets and teacher resources

Mentoring Support

  • Content or grade level mentor assignments
  • Information shared regarding campus/district procedures
  • Assistance with resource acquisition
  • Strategies provided for classroom management and organization
  • Guidance and ideas for effective student/parent communication
  • Best practices shared for lesson planning, instruction and assessment
  • Collaboration and peer networking
  • Tips for navigating "campus hidden rules" Social/Emotional support

Roles and Responsibilities


The Director of Human Resource Development provides district leadership and direction to the development and implementation of the MISD KEEPS Program. Responsibilities include program development, program communications and training/staff development opportunities for advisors, mentors and mentees.   

Lead Advisor:

The term, Lead Advisor, is used to identify the Advisor(s) who help with the overall planning and continued development of KEEPS as well as the coordination of all KEEPS Activities for Mentors and Mentees. The Lead Advisor serves as a liaison between Campus Advisors and the Director. 

Campus Advisor:

The term, Advisor, is used to identify those teachers who coordinate the KEEPS Program on their local campus. Advisors work closely with the Director to implement all of the program components of KEEPS and serve as the liaison between the campus program and the central office. 


The term, Mentor, is used to identify those teachers who are assigned a Mentee in the KEEPS Program. Mentors will be paired with mentees to provide professional development and personal growth opportunities for the duration of the two-year program. 


The term, Mentee, is used to identify those teachers in their first or second year of teaching who receive support through the KEEPS Program for two years. Experienced teachers, new to Mansfield ISD, are not typically part of KEEPS; however, Principals are able to recommend them for the program as needed.

KEEPS Year 1 Mentee:

1st and 2nd year teachers: New to the District 

KEEPS Year 2 Mentee:

Year 1 Mentees returning for their 2nd year in the district

Principal Recommendations:

Teachers, who are new to the district, with 3+ years of experience and are recommended for the KEEPS by their Campus Principal.

Mentee Resources


1st & 2nd year teachers new to the district

Experienced teachers recommended by their Principal               

New Teacher Orientation (MTOP)

Mentor Assigned                                                                  

KEEPS Online Binder

KEEPS Webpage

Professional Development Text(s)

Campus Connection Activities

New Teacher Meetings (Encounters) held on the local campus

District-wide Observation Opportunity

KEEPS Conference

KEEPS Workshop                  

Collaboration/Observation Release Time with Mentor    

On-going Informational/Curriculum Support                                

Mid-year Appreciation Event                                              

Year-end Reflections/Recognition Event

Program Evaluation             

Program Trinkets 


Returning KEEPS participants 

  • Year One participants and their Mentors will roll forward to KEEPS Year Two The continued support during Year Two will enhance the 1:1 Mentor-Mentee relationship and Mentee professional growth opportunities. 

  • KEEPS Year Two participants participant with Release Time and Campus Encounter meetings with the Advisor 

  • With the exception of attending MTOP, KEEPS Year Two participates in ALL scheduled KEEPS Events.

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