Each Regional Collaborative designs its program based on the needs of teachers and students as reflected in surveys and state test data. Each Collaborative has an assessment plan in place that evaluates teachers’ content knowledge growth, impact on instruction and student achievement as a result of their participation in the Professional Development Program.
Professional Development Programs (PDPs) at each Regional Collaborative provide a comprehensive set of research-based experiences for Science and Mathematics Teacher Mentors. Mentors are supported by their schools, districts, and the Regional Collaborative to serve other teachers in their districts.
The mentorship design is validated by research that confirms that the effectiveness of extended sustained professional development for teachers results in actual change in teacher content knowledge and improvement in students’ understanding of subject matter content and applications.