Teachers trained to Mentor fellow teachers from their school district for teacher and student success
2013 Nov 1Teachers trained through project SUCCESS to mentored fellow teachers. Project SUCCESS is designed to help school districts retain new teachers while increasing skill levels through best practices. The program creates a quality mentoring culture to strengthen the teaching profession statewide, ensure new teachers receive the support they need, and give Massachusetts students the best instruction possible. This is the third year the educators at the UMass Dartmouth's Center for University, School, and Community Partnership (CUSP) are training some of the state's top teachers to mentor their colleagues in "high-need" areas like special education, English as a Second Language, science, and math. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) selected CUSP to lead Project SUCCESS (School University Collaboration Committed to the Educational Success of All Students) with funds from the federal Race to the Top program. Mentors are trained through a nine-month graduate-level course, 15 online video lectures, virtual office hours, live videoconferencing and phone consultations with instructors, and three face-to-face seminars in three regional site locations in Taunton, Marlboro, and Chicopee. The following teachers have been trained to lead mentor fellow teachers.