POPDHH runs a Mentorship program for TDHHs in the province looking for professional development and mentorship opportunities with colleagues in the field. Each cohort meets 6 times over 2 years and are accepted through an application process. Our mentorship program does not run as an alternative to the TDHH certification required to work as a TDHH in BC. For information about becoming a TDHH please visit the UBC Special Education website.
As part of the mentorship program, participants build collegiality, share learning and resources and take on leadership roles to present to their colleagues. POPDHH, with support from the TDHH’s school district, travel to a central location to participate in 3 days of workshops. Between in person meetings, participants also connect regularly to answer questions, join online webinars and share resources. POPDHH also offers evening team building activities for participants to build connections and develop relationships between colleagues in the field.
This is what the past and current Mentorship District Partners have told us about the program:
“The mentorship program has been very valuable in building connections and expertise amongst specialized teachers in the province.”
“I am new in my position as a TDHH and POPDHH has been amazing in providing the mentorship program so I can connect with other TDHH across the province to collaborate, share resources and troubleshoot.”
“POPDHH excels in their TDHH Mentorship Program, especially for isolated TDHH’s in remote/rural areas.”
For full details of the program, please click to access the TDHH Mentorship
TDHH Mentorship 2020 - 2022 - Updates
September 16th to 18th, 2020: TDHH Mentorship 2020 – 2022 Cohort kicked off its first meeting entirely online. TDHHs from 14 school districts worked with the POPDHH Mentorship Leads on Competency based IEPs, Journal Club, and Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Projects.
E-Learning Workshops: We will be resuming Thursday Lunch and Learn Webinars this month. The TDHH Mentorship group will be in attendance, and we are opening up to TDHHs around the province to join. Registration coming next week; tune in between 12 and 1 pm and come prepared to ask questions!
- October 29: Topic TBA shortly
- November 12: Minimizing the Effects of COVID-19 Safety Protocols on Visual and Auditory Access by Jessica Niemela, Audiologist, Interior Health
TDHH Induction and Retention Program: This initiative is being developed with the help of long-time TDHH Mentorship participants Kristina Baker and Angela Wallenius. Please watch for more information in the new year!
EA Mentorship: Introductory webinar series for educators supporting students who are DHH will be piloted this fall. This free workshop will provide basic knowledge about the educational implications of visual and auditory access for students with hearing differences. Please watch for more information about the official launch of this program in the new year.