Mentoring Early Career Teachers in Urban Alaska


September 2017


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Impact Findings from the Investing in Innovation (i3) Evaluation of the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project Urban Growth Opportunity

This 2017 report presents an in-depth discussion of findings from Education Northwest’s research on the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project’s Urban Growth Opportunity model, which was funded by a federal Investing in Innovation (i3) validation grant.

The model provided fully released, highly skilled teachers to serve as mentors to early career teachers for their first two years in the profession. Using a randomized controlled trial design, researchers at Education Northwest examined the impact and implementation of the Urban Growth Opportunity as it supported early career teachers in five urban Alaska school districts.

The purpose of the study was to examine the effects of early career teachers’ participation in the program on three outcomes: their retention as a teacher in Alaska, their instructional practice, and the academic performance of their students.

A summary of the report, "Findings from a Five-Year Study of the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project," is also available.