ASTA Mentor Program


What is the ASTA Mentor Program?


ASTA is dedicated to providing support to string educators throughout their careers. Whether you are a beginning teacher, new to strings, or want to sharpen your skills, the ASTA Mentor Program can connect you with an experienced string education specialist.

The ASTA Mentor Program Committee matches mentees with a qualified mentor based on mentee areas of interest and mentor background. The mentee and mentor communicate through email, telephone, video chat, or in some cases face-to-face. Teaching observations (live or via video) may be included in mentor-mentee discussions. Some mentor-mentees also meet at the annual ASTA National Conference.

How Do I Get a Mentor?

ASTA will be accepting mentee applications for the the next round of mentor/mentee assignments for the 2022-2023 school year in January 2023. To apply, please check back in December for the next application opportunity. There are limited spots available—applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The next application period will open in December 2022 and close in January 2023. Notifications will be sent in January 2023.

 

How Do I Become a Mentor?

ASTA will be accepting mentor applications for the the next round of mentor/mentee assignments for the 2022-2023 school year in January 2023. To apply, please check back in December for the next application opportunity. Mentors are selected based on prior mentoring experience and ASTA mentee needs. Mentors are required to participate in at least one of the online mentor training sessions scheduled several times throughout the school year.

The next application period will open in December 2022 and close in January 2023. Notifications will be sent in January 2023.

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ASTA Mentor Program History

ASTA's national mentoring program grew from the expressed needs of ASTA members, many of whom are the only string/orchestra teacher in their building. The program launched with a pre-conference session in Spring 2016—“Preparing To Be An ASTA Mentor.” During this session, experienced string teachers from across the country learned about the teacher development continuum, mentoring styles, communication strategies, and string/orchestra specific teaching challenges through discussion, video observation, and hands-on activities. Pre-conference facilitators were Dr. Margaret Berg, Dr. Colleen Conway, and Mr. Bob Phillips.