A Mentor helps build a higher cognitive skill development for our leaders.
The critical part of ALI’s teacher training process is to provide master teachers that will mentor the national teachers who have gone through our training. This mentoring will include living in the community of the partnering school, working alongside the teachers in lesson planning and their classrooms, and modeling good teaching that will include activities to:
A key point is that the mentor teacher is not working to “Americanize” the teaching process, but to find ways to bring effective higher cognitive skill development into the national curriculum. This will require building a relationship first, and then patience as these new concepts are woven into the learning experience. The quote, “Ask three questions before giving an answer.” is wise advice.
The minimum commitment time will be two weeks of orientation and training in Redding, CA, one week of orientation in-country followed by at least four weeks working beside the mentored teachers in their classroom to fine tune their new skills and understanding. The mentor may chose to add additional weeks to their stay.
Mentors will be responsible to raise funds to cover the cost of their trip and time in-country. Current estimates for Africa are:
| Round Trip International Flight from the West Coast
| In-Country Transportation
| Food, Lodging, and Personal Expenses for 7 Weeks
| Passport and Visa
| Shots and Medicine
| Total Cost
Housing will be provided by the partnering school.