MODELS mentors

MODELS Mentors

MODELS developed a school-based mentored professional development approach, where teachers are paired with experienced mentors within each school. School-based mentors are selected based on their history of use of WISE projects, willingness to customize WISE projects, and willingness to work with fellow teachers and administrators.

Our school-based mentored approach stems from a university-based approach. Our university mentors, also expert teachers, guide teachers' first year enactments of WISE projects, help teachers interpret student performance, and enable teachers to customize projects based on student responses. We are transitioning to the school-based approach that begins with an established inquiry science curriculum and situates the professional development in the school context. Our university mentors guide school-based mentors as they learn to support teachers.