This design and development studies project will develop and test a professional development series to support mentor teachers in enhancing both their teaching and mentoring skills, with an emphasis on elementary mathematics. To support mentor teachers in developing their teaching and mentoring skills, the project team will use mixed reality simulations as a low-stakes practice space that allows mentors to get individualized support from a distance, alongside a set of asynchronous professional development sessions and synchronous collaborative sessions.
Specific aims of the project include
- Developing mentor teacher professional learning materials and measures
- Testing impacts of mentor teachers’ professional learning on mentors’ and candidates’ skills
- Building knowledge about implementation processes and differential uptake of mentor teacher professional learning.