100Kin10 Project Team: Establishing Statewide Mentor Teacher Networks (2018)

Updated on: August 23, 2018

- Check out a webinar about this team's work. 
- Download this team's final project, an actionable framework for how to establish a STEM mentor teacher network in your state. 

This Project Team works to uncover promising approaches to establishing statewide STEM mentor teacher networks. Members include Boston University, Great Hearts Academies, National Science Teachers Association, Nevada State Science Teachers Association, Purdue University, University of North Florida, and University of Southern Indiana.

Teacher shortages are present in every state and are especially high in science and mathematics. This team operates under the belief that teacher recruitment is not the root of the problem—retaining new teachers is the problem. Many teachers leave in their first three years. One strategy for increasing teacher retention is ensuring that all teachers have access to mentor teachers as they progress in their careers.

In this Project Team, members explored best practices in creating and sustaining statewide networks of teacher mentors, including (but not limited to) funding, program structures for training and sustaining mentors, collaboration methodology, tactics for virtual vs in-person mentoring, and evaluation methodology. Through the process, members reflected on their own practice in addition to conducting research of other programs and approaches.