work with BLC learners in small groups (pods). They are typically young adults who assist each individual student in
their pod to achieve their academic goals and help create a safe learning environment. They
are not credentialed teachers. The mentors' role is to support socialization
and emotional connection while ensuring each learner achieves their stated daily academic goals. Generally, academic goals are benchmarked against California State Standards.
Students are allowed to exceed the standards, but every effort is made to ensure students do not fall behind grade levels. Mentors
are a resource for helping students to discover ways to overcome challenges (academic, social or emotional) that
may arise in the pursuit of acheiving their academic goals.
While mentors are
not "real teachers", they are essential to facilitate the self directed learning model preferred by gifted learners.
All Mentors and Masters working
at BLC are:
- Cleared of criminal background checks through FBI and DOJ fingerprinting
- Demonstated ability to be empathic and open to nuero-atypical learners
- Familiar with BLC techniques designed to support gifted students