Mentor Advisory Boards: Bridging the Gaps in our Teacher Licensure Programs

Program Contact

Karla Scornavacco


Mentorship is a powerful component of preparing future teachers. In CU Boulder’s teacher licensure programs, all teacher candidates are paired with mentor teachers. CU teacher candidates have purposeful classroom experiences in mentor teachers’ classrooms, and these experiences serve as an important bridge between the practices of K-12 teaching and the coursework and guiding principles of CU Boulder’s teacher licensure programs.

Mentor teachers serve on advisory boards that guide the School of Education’s decision-making in teacher licensure programs. The advisory boards offer input and insight into the continual refinement of our teacher licensure programs. They also function to promote mentor learning and leadership and enhance how we recruit and support future mentors.

A central tenet of this work is our steadfast commitment to the School of Education’s mission to advance just and equitable educational opportunities for all learners. One of the most exciting components of this project is the ways in which the mentor advisory groups are mutually beneficial to teachers, local schools, and our teacher licensure programs.

  • Mentor Advisory Boards: Bridging the Gaps in our Teacher Licensure Programs

    Additional Info

    The School of Education will identify and select mentor teachers from each district for two Advisory Boards (one for our Elementary BA Program, comprised of approximately 8 mentor teachers, and one for a Secondary Licensure Program, also comprised of about 8 mentor teachers).


    on campus



    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    Not Applicable

Sponsoring Units

  • School of Education

Program Partners

  • Adams 12 School District
  • Boulder Valley School District

Audiences Served

  • Adult Learners
  • Alumni/Parents/Friends
  • Historically Excluded/Marginalized/Non-dominant Group(s)
  • LGBTQ+
  • People Of Color
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - English Language Learners (ELL)/Emergent Bilingual
  • Students - First Generation College - going/bound
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Teachers - Middle School
  • Teachers - High School