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By Learning Forward
April 2021
87% of teachers improved with mentoring The National Summer School Initiative began in summer 2020 to improve virtual teaching and learning in schools with large percentages of low-income students of color. A key component was mentor teachers, who engaged teachers in professional learning and shared videos of themselves teaching model lessons. About 80% of surveyed teachers believed the mentoring quality was strong and that they learned from their mentor; 87% believed they improved their practice. Mentors also believed their own practice improved. However, many would have preferred to see more differentiation in the professional learning and wished mentors had conducted observations. Teachers, mentors, parents, and students all believed students improved academically, with 81% of students saying they grew as readers and learned strategies for solving

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