(a) There is hereby established the California Mentor Teacher Program. On or before November 15, 1983, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall recommend to the State Board of Education, and on or before January 1, 1984, the State Board of Education shall prescribe, rules and regulations establishing guidelines for the implementation of mentor teacher programs in school districts.
(b) The adopted rules and regulations shall specify that persons seeking classification as a mentor teacher shall meet each of the following qualifications:
(1) Is a credentialed classroom teacher with permanent status or, in any school district with an average daily attendance of less than 250 pupils, is a credentialed classroom teacher who has completed at least three consecutive school years as an employee of the district in a position requiring certification qualifications.
(2) Has substantial recent experience in classroom instruction.
(3) Has demonstrated exemplary teaching ability, as indicated by, among other things, effective communication skills, subject matter knowledge, and mastery of a range of teaching strategies necessary to meet the needs of pupils in different contexts.
(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1302, Sec. 12.5.)