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Elyse Can and Michelle Walsh are Holyoke residents who have been trained to mentor fellow teaches through Project SUCCESS. Project SUCCESS is designed to help school districts retain new teachers while increasing skill levels through best practices. The project doesn’t just help lead teachers become better mentors; it teaches them how to train other mentors within their schools.  This sustainable program reaches through school districts across the state and increases the number of qualified mentors available to new teachers.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) selected University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Center for University, School, and Community Partnerships (CUSP) to lead Project SUCCESS with funds from the federal Race to the Top program. Massachusetts was one of 12 states to win Race to the Top funding in a highly competitive process. 

“A central goal of the state’s successful Race to the Top application was to ensure that every student in every classroom in the Commonwealth is taught by a great teacher,” said JC Considine, spokesman for DESE. “Project SUCCESS is focused on improving teacher effectiveness and retaining teachers by providing ongoing support to experienced teachers as they serve as mentor leaders to new teachers.”

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Posted on November 12, 2013 by